The old County Cork pub in Northeast Portland neighborhood is closing. In its place? Rose City Book Pub, Portland’s first bookstore bar.
Wait, did you say “bookstore bar?”
Well, yes, and it’s exactly what it sounds like, a working bookstore that happens to pour beer and wine. As noted by Eater PDX, which broke the bar news last week, this will be Portland’s first such establishment, joining Boston’s Trident Cafe, the Spotty Dog in Hudson, or Afterwords in Washington, D.C.
Owned by Northeast Portland native Elise Schumock, the new pub will add built-in bookshelves, hidden nooks and a “cafe-style menu” to the already charming County Cork space. The bar will feature Northwest spirits and around 20 taps for beer and wine.
The bookstore side of things will feature children’s books and used literature, including books from Schumock and her parents’ own collections.
Look for Rose City Book Pub to open Oct. 14 in the former home of County Cork, 1329 N.E. Fremont St.; rosecitybookpub.com
— Michael Russell
If we didn’t have libraries, many people thirsty for knowledge would dehydrate. — Megan Jo Tetrick, age 12
Everything comes to him who waits, except a loaned book. — Kin Hubbard
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them. The only books I have in my library are books that other folks have leant me. — Anatole France
Life happened because I turned the pages. — Alberto Manguel
There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. — Flannery O’Connor
Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away. — Clarence Darrow
Never judge a book by its movie. — J.W. Eagan
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. — Bertrand Russell
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. — Tom Clancy
A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. — Jerry Seinfield
My friend Coral turns 42 today. She decided to have herself a Douglas Adams/Hitchhiker’s Guide birthday party, and, among other things, invited people to recite Vogon Poetry if they’d like.
“What, exactly, is Vogon Poetry?”, you may ask. And if you are asking, then you obviously have not read that Douglas Adams classic, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Wherein we learn that Vogon Poetry is the third worst poetry in the universe. The book is kind enough to give us an example.
Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
Thy micturations are to me
As plurdled gabbleblotchits
On a lurgid bee.
Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes
And hooptiously drangle me
With crinkly bindlewurdles,
Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon,
See if I don’t
Click through for slightly more detail here.
People all over the world celebrate Hitchhiker’s Guide and its author. As a result, you’ll find Vogon Poetry translated into all manner of Earth languages. More examples of Vogon Poetry in English here and here. There is also a Vogon Poetry generator of sorts. Here’s one it came up with for me.
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I actually kinda like it. You know, in a gibberishy-poem kind of way. And if you found this entertaining, then you might like Lewis Carroll’s poetry too. Share some of
your best Vogon poems!
Happy birthday, Coral!