One of the things I did buy on our trip today.
This came from a book store, not an antique store.
It was, If I recall correctly, $6. Maybe $7.
It was published in 1913.
Adjusting for inflation, 10 cents is roughly $3, so I overpaid a little bit.
I knew nothing about it when I bought it save from what's on the cover "A periodical of protest"
Since then, I've learned some stuff.
Many issues are collected here: https://archive.org/details/pub_philistine-a-periodical-of-protest but on microfilm, and it stops a few years before this issue.
It was published by Elbert Hubbard.
I didn't know a thing about him either.
Turns out, he's the guy who said "When life give you lemons, you make lemon-aid" among other things.
He was a self described anarchist and socialist who published a pamphlet called Jesus Was an Anarchist in 1908.
Apparently he was also occasionally an anti-union agitator and fairly procapitalist at various points. People are complicated.
He was part of the american Arts and Crafts movement, and founded a group called The Roycrofts, I think?
This was a magazine produced on letterpress gear by the Roycrofts in upstate NY.
The arts and crafts movement is one of those big complicated, easy to misconstrue things.
It was lots of different movements, really, and the thing that linked them was a rejection of industrialized manufacturing, and a return to DIY.
The Roycrofts, best I can tell, were not actually anti-industrialists, but more pro-doing things well. Many early industrial products were not well made (most industrially produced products still tend to be bad!)
But there were some real reggressives in especially the american branch of the arts and crafts movement. Many of them rejected all modernity, and some of them had some vaguely proto-fascist leanings.
I don't know enough about the Roycrofts to say one way or the other.
I got a lot of books today.
Like several months worth.
Included among them were two Mashall McLuhan books. ("The Medium Is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects" and "Marshall McLuhan: On the Nature of Media Essays, 1952 - 1978")
Several folks here have recommended that I read McLuhan, although I think it was Sundog who finally convinced me.
I haven't seen any of his books in the wild since then until today. I read an ebook of the medium is the message, which felt like cheating.
I've been looking for The Medium is the Massage, which I expect to be more pop-art than book, but I am Very excited about this book of essays.
@Canageek makes sense! His work, for all its pop culture trappings, was intended to be academic. I'd imagine him to be an intensely boring speaker.