Friday, June 19, 2015

In a Brown Study.

Untitled, 1954. Oil on canvas, 72 x 68 inches (182.9 x 172.7 cm).
Collection of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York. - See more at:

Dear Reader,

I must meet you, and soon. I have a plan.  We can meet in a place I will call The Brown Study.  At the dark end of the street.  It will be small, but there will be space for you, and welcome. 

I read this article by Ann Patchett, and I saw clearly what I must do, just as I was compelled to write to you here, to try to persuade you to read and see and taste and try certain wonderful things in the world, I must open a bookshop where I can put some of these wonders directly into your hands. 

When you visit The Brown Study we will greet you quietly, wait a respectful number of minutes before we ask if you would like some help or recommendations, and should you purchase a volume,  we will lovingly wrap it up for you, in kraft paper and string.

We will only have the good ones, of course, and there will be plenty of used books, and they will lie together on the shelves, in good comradeship, like you and I.  If you are looking, though, for electronic books, we will have to shake our heads in pity and sorrow, because we will not carry those. 

See you soon, my dears!

This link, will paint you a fascinating picture of what has been meant, throughout written history, by the word 'brown.'  Do not miss the links for part two, and three.

Where did I say the shop will be, again?  Here, and here, and right here.