John Sandoe’s Bookshop

I did a talk last night upstairs at John Sandoe’s bookshop off the King’s Road in Chelsea.   It was the most select and recherché audience, consisting mainly of blog followers (thank you for coming).   I realise in talking about how the blog began in a wholly accidental and unpremeditated way that it meets a psychological need as a wholly self-imposed mental discipline, a form of mental gymnastics, compelling myself to describe things at speed.   The weakness is that my photographs so seldom show people, as if East London is post-holocaust, vacuum-pumped.   Anyway, the point of the talk was to encourage people to buy the special edition, of which John Sandoe is the sole stockist, special because the quality of paper is subtly different, the binding allows the book to fall open more conveniently, the corners are satisfyingly rounded (   Some people did buy the Special and I am especially grateful to them.



7 thoughts on “John Sandoe’s Bookshop

  1. Leslie Tobin Bacon says:

    Charles— I beg to differ with you. One of the pleasures of your blog is that it focused on architecture, architectural elements, place and landscape. All beautifully conveyed by your photos. The internet is packed with endless photos of people, of pictures of celebrities, children, selfies –and dogs and kittens. Your blog has a focussed brevity and simplicity. Please stay that way.
    And now that I am thinking of this, I realise how close your blog tour of East London is to a Sebaldian one…. of history, spaces, destruction, reconstruction…. empty of the current inhabitants but filled with those of the past…

  2. Leslie Tobin Bacon is absolutely right : the Blog is superb as it is. My only quibble is with his comparison with Sebald. The Blog is in my view FAR better. Sebald, though very clever and well informed, is rather cold and sterile – nothing like as enthusiastic and joyful as The Blog.

    • Leslie Tobin Bacon says:

      Mark, while I agree that Sebald can hardly be considered joyful or enthusiastic I think you mistake a deep and seething emotional concern — ok, maybe despair– with coldness and sterility. He writes about his emotions and the things he cares about with such an analytical, rational and intellectually curious mind, and with such beautiful vision and language that it may seem distant, when actually he takes us into the very heart of life.

  3. Daphne says:

    Sebald allows me to sink v deeply into a book. The blog offers a different kind of thoughtful involvement – both are excellent and each cast light upon the other.

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