The Bookshelf Report

Bookshelf Report: Books, Knick-Knacks, and a Cat

The Bookshelf Report is an ongoing series where a Bushwick reader shares a little bit about the books that occupy their shelves.

Today’s bookshelf comes from the loveable Lisa Marie Schattenkirk. By now you’ve probably seen her at one of our shows, she is a frequent attendee. Her photography skills are off the charts. You should hire her to take pictures of things – check out her portfolio when you get the chance.



How do you organize your books?

I don’t have a bookshelf at the moment, but when I do I organize them by size. I like my books to be mixed in with chachkies, knick-knacks, and my cat!  She’s been known to get cozy on a shelf or two.

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Bushwick Picks: SIFF Edition

The Seattle International Film Festival is currently ripping through theaters all over the city and continues for one more week with a bevy of intelligent, provocative films. Below you’ll find a list of our upcoming picks, full of films that show love for books and music.

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Song of the Week: Dish’s Lament by Ryan H Barber | inspired by Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove

The first time I heard Dish’s Lament by Ryan H Barber I was at Slim’s Last Chance Saloon. It was beautiful late summer day. Everyone was outside in the courtyard, eating chili and listening to the Bushwick artists perform songs inspired by Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. There weren’t enough wooden benches to go around. I ended up sitting on the dirt steps next to a girl who I was in love with at the time.

A few weeks earlier she broke my heart. She really crushed me. I sat by her anyways. Ryan took the stage and played his song.

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9 Great Shel Silverstein Quotes

Shel Silverstein wrote super funny poems and said a lot of great words. Here is but a small selection of his work in celebration of today’s Bushwick show at Folklife.

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Song of the Week: Cool To Be Weird by Tai Shan | inspired by Dr. Seuss

I remember my father reading Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches and Other Stories to me as I lay on the floor and colored one night for reading time. Reading was always a nightly event. It started when my mother would leave to work the night shift and would go until my brother and I would fall asleep in our crayons. When The Bushwick Book Club Seattle asked me to write a song inspired by one of Dr. Suess’s stories I told the curator, Geoff Larson, that I’m a late addition to the show so let everyone else choose their favorite story and I will take what’s left. The Sneetches was the last picked mostly because it shirted around issues like segregation and bigotry, some of our darkest parts of society.

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5 Reasons to Give BIG to Bushwick Seattle

Listen up, Bushwick, because Tuesday is a big day. A BIG day, as in the Seattle Foundation’s Give BIG 2014, a one-day online giving frenzy where donations received by participating organizations qualify towards a pro-rated matching fund. If you’ve been looking for ways to help out your favorite nonprofit, now is the time.

To donate to Bushwick during the GiveBig on Tuesday May 6th – click here.

We came up with five reasons to consider the Bushwick Book Club Seattle on Tuesday May 6th.

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Bushwick Picks: Wes Weddell Edition

Editorial Note: Wes wrote this for us last month, but we weren’t able to post it until now. Fortunately, the weather is still beautiful and the Mariners are playing as I type this, so we think it still applies. Our apologies to Wes for the delayed posting, but we think his picks are pretty stellar nonetheless. 

The temperature hit 70 degrees Monday, the Mariners were in first place after one week, and I found myself joining the foolish chorus of overzealous—but sympathetic—Seattleites prematurely welcoming the arrival of summer.  For many summers I read only books about baseball or country music (or, in the case of one brilliantly-titled if weakly-researched bit of “scholarship” that I still enjoy seeing on my shelf, both), and this week I let those same whimsies take me away again with the fleeting warmth.=

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