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Announcing the New Classics Book Club



We're excited to announce our new Classics/Modern book club. We'll meet once a month, alternating every month between a classic work and a modern work. We'll talk about the intersection of ideas and the breadth of writerly influence across literary, historical, philosophical, and political spectra. Sign up for profound conversation and a chance to read those books that have been on your list forever (or experience books you know and love in an entirely new way). 

We'll meet once a month on Tuesdays at 2pm outside in the courtyard.* To be added to the list, please email Please note that group size will be limited to 20.

*if this time doesn't work for you but you are still interested, feel free to add your name in case of time changes

Happy Holidays!


Thanks for all of your support this year and this Holiday Season! 

It has been a great pleasure providing you with the books

you want and need, for yourselves and as gifts to others. 

We will be closed on Christmas Day and also on Boxing Day --

and will be resting, reading and recovering. 

See you on Monday December 27th!

-- John, Alison & all Dieselfolk

“Jack Hirschman Birthday Poem” by Diane di Prima


From City Lights Bookstore:

"We are saddened by the loss of our friend, the poet Jack HirschmanHe passed away on August, 22, 2021 at the age of 87. To remember him, we’re sharing this incredible poem by Diane di Prima with a lovely story behind it.

We held an 80th birthday party for Jack at the bookstore back in 2013. Diane was sitting in the audience waiting for her turn to speak. As she sat in the crowd, she began to write in her notebook as the event unfolded. Then, when it was her turn, she got up and read this.

RIP Jack, we love you."

Read the poem here: "Jack Hirschman Birthday Poem" by Diane di Prima | City Lights Booksellers & Publishers