March 7th, 2013
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Booksellers of the world, unite and take over! (Excerpts. Follow the link for the full story) 
lareviewofbooks:

The Naked Bookseller: Skylight Books’ Steve Salardino Bares All 
Like Ishmael, I was empty, restless, and looking for a job. Maybe with a little adventure on the side. And free coffee… 
I was fresh out of college – a creative writing degree from San Francisco State before the city got crazy expensive. I sent stories and poems out and was rejected by magazines with prestigious names like The New Yorker and Sassy. I had no time to wait for those guys to catch on so I began publishing my work in tiny editions that I would staple into the magazines we sold at this bookstore/cafe. Did you purchase a People and find a little booklet containing a story about suburban BMX bullies or low rent sex in Austin? That was mine.
…
The day came. Skylight Books opened in the fall of 1996. I had just started my graduate writing program. We were still putting books on the shelves when the locals started coming in to make sure we were not up to something sinister. 
…
Once, I fell in love with a woman looking for Coetzee and vampire stories. The next day I saw sexy pictures of her in a magazine. We are on the edge of Hollywood after all. When she came in again I told her I had seen the pictures. Her eyes burned a hole that sunk my love boat.
Some of my favorite writers lived close by or would visit when in town or have an event when appearing on tour for their new book. Some were even legendary. Diane di Prima, Fanny Howe, T.C. Boyle, Benjamin Weissman, Camden Joy, Mary Gaitskill, Dodie Bellamy, Daniel Clowes, Alicia Erian. We had buttons that said “Dennis Cooper is Awesome”. Joan Didion snuck in and signed some books. I could swear I sold a magazine to Allen Ginsberg.
…
I thought I knew the answer - where I was going. I thought Skylight Books was just a stepping stone keeping me above water until my future arrived. But it turned out to be much more than that. Skylight Books was my future. …
“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” - Merman Melville, Moby Dick
Steve Salardino is a Southern California boy, junior high school heavy metal kid turned long hair punk. Educated by Doonesbury comics, Steve Martin LPs, and Woody Allen movies. … Board member of PEN Center USA. Recently started the website palmtreepalmtreepalmtree.com to celebrate the art of the short story.
(Steve portrait by Rama Hughes.)

Booksellers of the world, unite and take over! (Excerpts. Follow the link for the full story)

lareviewofbooks:


The Naked Bookseller: Skylight Books’ Steve Salardino Bares All

Like Ishmael, I was empty, restless, and looking for a job. Maybe with a little adventure on the side. And free coffee…

I was fresh out of college – a creative writing degree from San Francisco State before the city got crazy expensive. I sent stories and poems out and was rejected by magazines with prestigious names like The New Yorker and Sassy. I had no time to wait for those guys to catch on so I began publishing my work in tiny editions that I would staple into the magazines we sold at this bookstore/cafe. Did you purchase a People and find a little booklet containing a story about suburban BMX bullies or low rent sex in Austin? That was mine.

The day came. Skylight Books opened in the fall of 1996. I had just started my graduate writing program. We were still putting books on the shelves when the locals started coming in to make sure we were not up to something sinister.


Once, I fell in love with a woman looking for Coetzee and vampire stories. The next day I saw sexy pictures of her in a magazine. We are on the edge of Hollywood after all. When she came in again I told her I had seen the pictures. Her eyes burned a hole that sunk my love boat.

Some of my favorite writers lived close by or would visit when in town or have an event when appearing on tour for their new book. Some were even legendary. Diane di Prima, Fanny Howe, T.C. Boyle, Benjamin Weissman, Camden Joy, Mary Gaitskill, Dodie Bellamy, Daniel Clowes, Alicia Erian. We had buttons that said “Dennis Cooper is Awesome”. Joan Didion snuck in and signed some books. I could swear I sold a magazine to Allen Ginsberg.

I thought I knew the answer - where I was going. I thought Skylight Books was just a stepping stone keeping me above water until my future arrived. But it turned out to be much more than that. Skylight Books was my future. …

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” - Merman Melville, Moby Dick

Steve Salardino is a Southern California boy, junior high school heavy metal kid turned long hair punk. Educated by Doonesbury comics, Steve Martin LPs, and Woody Allen movies. … Board member of PEN Center USA. Recently started the website palmtreepalmtreepalmtree.com to celebrate the art of the short story.

(Steve portrait by Rama Hughes.)

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    Booksellers of the world, unite and take over! (Excerpts. Follow the link for the full story)
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    STEVE!!!
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    I used to hang out at Skylight just to chat with Steve… such a great guy.
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  12. 2minichinz said: this is beautiful and humbling. how much there is that I do not know. in ignorant arrogance I have considered myself an intellectual, but now I see all that I do not see. thank you for sharing this.
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