caliban book shop

inside caliban

410 south craig street, pittsburgh pa 15213 

for this year, i resolve to read more books | and not just in the summer but year-round / the goal is to read <in their entirety> two books a month \ with that in mind, i visited one of my favorite pittsburgh places caliban book shop in the oakland neighborhood / caliban is a bookstore of used & rare books as well as music in vinyl & cd \ i worry that it will go the way of other independent book shops <annihilated by amazon> / amazon also sells used & rare books but it seems dissonant, less satisfying and emotionally removed to buy rare books without physically browsing & searching for them \ “rare” doesn’t necessarily mean really old or first edition but can simply mean out-of-print <because they are older editions> or had limited printing <because they were not bestsellers or are reference books>

my great finds:  old editions of aaron shearer’s classical guitar technique vol. 2 (1964) frederick noad’s the baroque guitar (1974) berkelee series a modern method for guitar vol. 2 (1968) \ i always leave caliban with a smile / today’s finds:  the six brandenburg concertos & the four orchestral suites in full score (1976)  bluegrass fiddle (1974)  gutenburg: how one man remade the world with words (2002)  new order‘s excellent 2cd-set substance (1987) \ will be reading gutenburg while waiting for my amazon books to arrive~*

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* tilde is this blog’s typographical mark for irony or sarcasm, see 1/2/14 blogpost a book about typographical marks

first night

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happy new year from pittsburgh!

awesome pin sculpture by sarika goulatia | wyep artist of the year joy ike and last year’s broken fences | my winter guitar teacher mark lucas quartet | robot on stationary bike @837 liberty ave | circus guy | artful buggies

my 2014 yinzer car~

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thanks to my two favorite people, i will now be driving not just any new car but what they have christened my Yinzer Car~ yeah! / pittsburgh winters are not the most pleasant for driving-averse people like me \ but with a Yinzer Car~ <all-wheel drive | steelers*penguins*pirates*hunting decals are standard> i know i’ll be alright through sleet & snow!

side note:  a nice friendly female salesperson sold me the car at shadyside honda / i paid more than if i had purchased from the monroeville dealer but the snideness & condescencion of the men there was offensive enough – so i took my business elsewhere \ they were quite busy and not lacking in customers so i knew that it would be unlikely that i could negotiate / they could have parried me in a nice way \ but it seemed like kneejerk reaction to them to brush off & talk down to a female customer / it was very easy to walk out


mileage:  690 one month later, 1001 on 2/10


with apologies to chickens, ducks & quails

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i just love the incredible edible egg! / it’s an excellent source of protein \ and it can be used & prepared in so many ways that you can have it in different renditions everyday as breakfast and/or a meal <i’ve had many a two-egg sandwich after late night rowing practices> / boiled <hard or soft> | fried <scrambled, over easy, sunny side up> | poached | omelet \ you use it for baking | as binder or to make awesome breaded pork chops | to make egg nog | to make leche flan <the best uses just yolks>  / and this is just with chicken eggs

i’ve become a regular at the new asian store on smallman street near the 31st street bridge in pittsburgh’s strip district \ i discovered that they have such a wide variety of eggs <fresh quail eggs | canned quail eggs | salted duck eggs | four versions of preserved duck eggs> / most surprising of all, they had the filipino delicacy balut which is boiled duck embryo <known as gross out egg in extreme reality tv shows> \ but they were technically penoy, not balut, which means that the duck embryo was not in very advanced devlopment / but it was just as awesome!

here’s another shout out to one of my favorite waterfowls, the incredible duck \ check out the amazing & cute wood ducklings / on the 2nd day of their life, they have to jump down from their nest which is 70 feet above the ground <because it is nestled high up in an oak tree!> \ their long slow-motion fall to the leaves & undergrowth is visual poetry

PBS | Nature: An Original DUCKumentary | Aired: 11/14/2012 | 56:00


about selected eggs from wikipedia

A balut or balot is a developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines. They are common food in countries in Southeast Asia, such as Laos (khai look ໄຂ່ລູກ in Lao, Cambodia (pong tia koon in Cambodian) and Vietnam (trứng vịt lộn or hột vịt lộn in Vietnamese). They are often served with beer.  The Filipino and Malay word balut (balot) means “wrapped” – depending on pronunciation.

Century egg or pidan (Chinese: 皮蛋; pinyin: pídàn), also known as preserved egg, hundred-year egg, thousand-year egg, thousand-year-old egg, and millennium egg, is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing.

A salted duck egg is a Chinese preserved food product made by soaking duck eggs in brine, or packing each egg in damp, salted charcoal… Salted duck eggs are normally boiled or steamed before being peeled and eaten as a condiment to congee or cooked with other foods as a flavoring. The egg white has a sharp, salty taste. The orange red yolk is rich, fatty, and less salty. The yolk is prized and is used in Chinese mooncakes to symbolize the moon.

Quail eggs are considered a delicacy in many countries, including western Europe and North America… In the Philippines, kwek-kwek is a popular street food delicacy, which consists of soft-boiled quail eggs dipped in orange-colored batter before being skewered and deep-fried. In Vietnam, bags of boiled quail eggs are sold on street stalls as inexpensive beer snacks. In South Korea, large, inexpensive bags of boiled quail eggs are sold in grocery stores. In Indonesia, small packages of hardboiled quail eggs are often found to be sold by street vendors as snacks.