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Brattlecast #34- Eccentric Characters

12/4/2018
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He's received a postcard from the South Pole, gotten into an absurd exchange with a member of Monty Python, and worked in close quarters with live grenades: it's all just another day on the job for Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop. On this explosive Brattlecast Ken talks about the wonderful weirdos and strange situations that have enlivened his years in the bookselling business.

Duration:00:19:12

Brattlecast #33 - A Wild Inferno

11/28/2018
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On this day in 1942 tragedy came to Boston in the form of the deadliest nightclub fire in history. The Cocoanut Grove's intentional lack of exits and extremely flammable Polynesian decor doomed 492 people, injured hundreds more, and changed the way we think about doors forever. Ken kindles our interest with a fascinating and scary personal scrap book of the fire and its aftermath in this blazing hot episode of #brattlecast.

Duration:00:16:25

Brattlecast #32 - A Monster That Eats Books

11/20/2018
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The story of our outdoor sale lot's evolution from a few small stands in front of the shop to one of the most photographed places in Boston! Learn all about the perks and pitfalls of selling books outside, all year round, in notoriously variable weather.

Duration:00:17:54

Brattlecast #31 - Old News

11/6/2018
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In this episode Ken shows off a bound volume of Harper's Weekly from 1863, and flipping through it with him is like peering into a fascinating time capsule from the Civil War era. Harper's employed some of the best journalists, artists, and photographers of the time, and in its pages eye-witness battlefield reportage and sentimental woodcut illustrations of homesick soldiers share space with advertisements for dubious health tonics and prosthetic limbs.

Duration:00:18:46

Brattlecast #30 - Treasures within Treasures

10/23/2018
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Today we've got an 1800's sailing log and a Civil War journal, both containing surprising passages which take them from standard to spectacular. Also, some tips on what to do with any handwritten material you'd like to get appraised. An episode to write home about!

Duration:00:15:16

Brattlecast #29 - The Big Book

10/9/2018
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Ken discusses a copy of The Big Book, inscribed by Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. It's one of the most influential books of the 20th Century, and the unfortunate social stigma associated with it makes certain editions particularly rare. Learn all about it, one Brattlecast at a time.

Duration:00:13:54

Brattlecast #28 - Murder at Harvard!

9/25/2018
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In the mid 1800's a gristly murder case shocked Brahmin Boston and became a media sensation. Ken's got all the gory details and associated collectible ephemera on this episode of Brattlecast.

Duration:00:15:52

Brattlecast #27 - 'A Disaster Mitigated Only by Moments of Farce'

9/11/2018
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He was elected mayor of Boston four times, he went to jail for mail fraud, and he zinged President Franklin D. Roosevelt real bad! He's local legend James Michael Curley, and Ken's got his personal letters!

Duration:00:16:36

Brattlecast #26 - Law and Order: SBU

8/28/2018
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In the Brattle criminal justice system, book based offenses are considered especially heinous. Listen as Ken recounts some book related crimes and scams, from a failed Gutenberg Bible heist at Harvard to his shop's own literate sale lot shoplifters. These are their stories. [Dun Dun]

Duration:00:17:32

Brattlecast #25 - Ken's Collections

8/14/2018
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A glimpse of Ken's fun and surprising personal collections: eclectic bathroom decor, cookbooks about cannibalism, jazz photographs, and a signed Houdini photo that, while technically for sale, he's doing his best not to allow to escape.

Duration:00:15:58

Brattlecast #24 - Get Real!

7/31/2018
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Grab your magnifying glass and join Ken as he investigates famous fakes, dubious documents, and suspicious signatures. In this episode we learn all about authentication: why who you know can matter more than what you know, the dangers of wishful thinking, and why most items simply aren’t worth faking. We’ll also delve into the weird world of collectible forgeries.

Duration:00:17:46

Brattlecast #23 - $tacking Paper

7/17/2018
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What do a book made of silk, a 40 volume set of Native American photographs, and T.S. Eliot’s copy of The Great Gatsby have in common? They are all very expensive! In this gem of an episode Ken discusses some of the most valuable treasures ever to pass through the shop, plus a nearly discarded Founding Father letter with an eerily relevant message and the gold rush diary that paid for a baby. You’ll learn all the way to the bank!

Duration:00:16:25

Brattlecast #22 - That Sinking Feeling

7/3/2018
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Ken takes us on a voyage through the watery world of Titanic memorabilia, including unsinkable sales brochures, doomed dinner menus, and a very limited edition by a passenger of the Carpathia. And that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Duration:00:13:45

Brattlecast #21 - The Spin Doctor

6/26/2018
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Ken and Jordan dive deeply into the work of Edward Bernays, "the father of public relations" and a longtime friend of the Gloss family. Learn about Bernays' role in building the modern American home and why he invested so much in the color green.

Duration:00:17:49

Brattlecast #20 - "Majestic Beauty All Unmarred"

6/12/2018
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Any book that could capture the majesty of our first national park would have to be measured in inches, not feet. Check out some photos of the amazing Hayden landscapes on our social media pages, @brattlebookshop!

Duration:00:16:45

Brattlecast #19 - Come Back In 1000 Years

5/29/2018
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When a priceless library is stolen, or a rare historical document's authenticity is in question, the U.S. government turns to one man. Ken tells stories of some of his most exciting appraisals, from Paul Revere to the Pilgrim Charter, and imparts some of the magic of everyday appraisals at the shop. All that glitters is not gold!

Duration:00:18:59

Brattlecast #18 - The Good Book

5/15/2018
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It goes by many names; the Good Book, the Book of Law, the First Book, the Word of the Lord. But whatever you call it, there's probably one within shouting distance right now. Ken tells some of his favorite stories about the Bible, and explains which editions are the most valuable, and which are the most appropriate for your calorie-conscious diet.

Duration:00:16:00

Brattlecast #17 - Ties That Bind

5/1/2018
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Father and son build a business together in this very special Brattlecast, as Ken gives Jordan an in-depth look at his relationship with his father, and how George Gloss turned his shop into a destination stop for book lovers from all over the world.

Duration:00:19:00

Brattlecast #16 - The Spy Behind Home Plate

4/17/2018
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Batter up! Red Sox catcher Moe Berg was tasked with intercepting much more than fastballs as a spy inflitrating Nazi Germany. Ken shares intimate stories about Moe's life, including numerous visits to the Brattle Book Shop in this privileged look at the enigmatic ballplayer.

Duration:00:19:13

Brattlecast #15 - Fair is Fair

4/3/2018
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What better place to spend a weekend than at your local book fair? Books, antiques, photographs, authors, you never know what you'll find! Ken talks about how to make the most of a a book fair, and what their future might hold.

Duration:00:18:52