Books

Since you are a Berkeley college student, we’re hoping the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, we’re hoping the answer is a yes so enthusiastic that it breaks all existing library silence rules. (But seriously, if you’re in the library, SHH.  Have a little respect.) And since you’re so excited, we’re excited to tell you that there will be two homecoming book sales at the Library Bookstore (132 Doe) and Bookstore Annex (303 Doe) this Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10:30 a.m.-2:45.

According to the event calendar, the Library Bookstore sale (132 Doe) with be full of “its usual stock of mostly interesting and sometimes very odd books.” OK, we like odd, and we’ll take our chances on the interesting bit. What else ya got?

Well not to be outdone, the Bookstore Annex will have “thousands of books for $1 each lining the walls, the tables, and maybe even the chairs.”

Boy do those librarians know how to tease.

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Book sales Oct. 9 [UC Berkeley Library]


In observance of improving sustainable business, the state of the humpback whale and recycling all those uranium isotopes you have stuffed in your apartment’s washer/dryer unit, your friendly neighborhood Buffalo Exchange is having a dollar sale.

It’s going down tomorrow, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds from dollar items will go directly to the Human Society’s “Don’t Trash Wildlife” campaign. Neat. And trust us, behind the pleather and the ragged loin cloths abandoned after last year’s Burning Man, there are treasures to be found at Berkeley Buffalo Exchange. Especially if you’re in the market for off-season clothing items. Boots and half trenches anyone?

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Save Wildlife From Trash! Dollar Day Sale for Earth Day [Buffalo Exchange]


Good news for lovers of hard-hitting investigative journalism. The highly anticipated release of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern No. 33 will arrive in the form of a 300-page single edition daily newspaper: “San Francisco Panorama.” Better news for us (broke as hell) Bay Area kiddies: the Quarterly will be available to us for the (much discounted) price of $5 on the day it comes out, Dec. 8.

The bylines alone reek of staggering genius. Writing from Michael Chabon, Miranda July, Roddy Doyle, Stephen King, William T. Vollman, Berkeley’s own Poet Laureate Robert Hass and read more »


leaseThere’s been a bit of a fuss lately involving the lease on Rochdale Apartments. The apartments are operated through the Berkeley Student Cooperative, and the lease is coming up for renewal at the end of the school year.

The apartments are built on land leased from the university for the sweet price of $1 a year, and seems like a much better situation than the last bit of real estate we saw at that price. The cost to student residents is a little steeper, at $1,788 a semester, but that could all be about to change. read more »