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"We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken." --Fyodor Dostoevsky #waybackwednesday

Scenes from a Bookstore: No. 1 in a Series. . Happy Monday! It's hotter'n heck in Austin lately...come enjoy our AC before you melt! . #jamesbond #ianfleming #bookends #shelfie #SoCoBooks #books #bookstore #bookshop #instabooks #bookstagram #bookshelf #southcongress #austin #southcongressbooks #bibliophile #independentbookstore #atx #rarebooks #bookcollecting #used #collectible #unique

"Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and...stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to 'walk about' into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?" --Wassily Kandinsky #sundayshelfie #shelfiesunday

Father's Day looms, much as Ernest Hemingway sometimes looms in his own fashion. Be the first (and only!) to grab this spectacular pairing of swordfish carved wooden sculpture and book! What father (or parent really) doesn't like this classic? #fathersday

"It takes very little to govern good people. Very little. And bad people cant be governed at all. Or if they could I never heard of it." All of our stuff is good, but we keep some of the extra-good in the front display case. Always remember to look there! #cormacmccarthy #nocountryforoldmen #aaup17 #aaup2017

"I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part and discuss it only with consenting adults". --Molly Ivins . Have some Texas reading, y'all! Our Texana section spreads as far and wide as the state itself (or nearly, anyway) and includes many titles from #UTPress, our very fine local university press (one of the very few exceptions to our used-books-only norm). #aaup17 #aaup2017

"Not a twinkle from the fly, Not a glimmer from the worm; When the crickets stopped their cry, When the owls forbore a term, You heard music; that was I." --Robert Browning #shelfiesaturday #aaup17 #aaup2017

Welcome to Texas, #aaup17! We invite you to come by our favorite independent bookshop...South Congress Books, of course. We hope to see you but whatever you do, enjoy some good food, the beautiful weather, and Austin! . #SoCoBooks

"Oh, Life, I am yours. Whatever it is you want of me, I am ready to give." --Dominic in "Dominic" by William Steig. "I got a lot of problems. I need help." --Regan MacNeil in "The Exorcist" by William Peter Blatty Rated G vs rated X, but these books have one thing in common: they're both first editions from the early 70s. Life is strange... #firsteditionfriday

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