Cometbus #51: The Loneliness of the Electric Menorah
Moe Moskowitz is credited with the invention of fair trade for books, establishing percentages and paying against them, nourishing Shambhala Publishing, Reprint Mint posters and underground comics (including the first scandalous R. Crumb "Zap!" comics), Logos Books, Black Oak Books, Shakespeare & Company Books, Amoeba Music, Rasputin's, and an endless stream of writers and scholars. As Cometbus sees it, "each project" that Moe was involved with "evolved into a huge success, even if awkward at first."
"I remember coming into Moe's as a kid," writes Aaron Cometbus, "and seeing him behind the counter, feeling like I was at the zoo." He saw that there was "much that was fascinating about the dynamic energy of Moe and the men who surrounded him."
Through careful interviews, research and experience, Cometbus came to see that this "short, balding man with four cigars and a pencil in his pocket" was a real bookman and humanitarian who had a huge impact on the world around him.
Just as Moe decided to stay and expand when times were rough in the 1970s, Moe's Books continues on Telegraph with the same idea that "a bookstore, like society, needs both high and low -the common as well as the one-of-kind" and that fair policies are good for everyone.
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