Author: Mariah Brule

Why Art Is Important To Us | Bookmans

Posted in Core Values, Uncategorized on 28 Mar by Mariah Brule

Art in some way has existed just about as long as the world itself. Art has become to be a huge part of our lives; appearing in cultures all across the world. Art is such an important element because it delivers a wider perception of: self, each other, emotions, awareness, history and more. Art is created and appreciated by many different people for countless reasons. Here is why art is important to us…

Often our lives are caught living in the fast lane, while we are piled up with responsibilities, rapid decisions and scattered thoughts. Creating art provides the opportunity to hit the brakes and really transform what we think, feel and are. Observing art can help explore the feeling, thought and experience that the particular artist is portraying. Art is a tool that can help you as an individual as well as the world as a whole: grow and improve while still expressing thoughts, emotions and beliefs.

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Robert talks Thrash Metal: Liege Lords Review | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 15 Mar by Mariah Brule

What does one think of when asked about Stamford, Connecticut? Did you answer “Thrash Metal?” Of course you did! That was a hot bed of metal in the mid 80’s…oh, wait. That was Los Angeles. Well, regardless, out of this lovely, coast-side town, a metal band that has been forgotten in the annals of Metal history, was born. That band is none other than Liege Lords.

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Zombi Review

Posted in Uncategorized on 22 Feb by Mariah Brule

You know, I’ve talked about punk rock for most of my blog posts. I can’t help it. It’s my passion. It’s something that drives me to wake up in the morning. It’s strange to think a genre of music could completely engulf someone’s entire essence in a single drum fill or angular guitar chord. Sometimes I do get a little burnt out on my passion. I’ve had to switch it up occasionally just so I don’t become pigeon holed into one of those mindless drones that plague any sort of musical subculture. So I’m going to talk about one of my passions, my love for synth-driven music.

There are a few groups that come to mind when it comes to synth music. A few groups come to mind instantly, but I’m not going to talk about Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, or New Order. About a year ago, I was delving into the depths of the internet. Something I do from time to time, especially when it comes to finding something new and riveting in the musical realm. I stumbled onto this group, Zombi, which is promptly named after the Italian release of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

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R.L. Stine meets Marvel, with Man Thing | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 16 Jan by Mariah Brule

R.L. Stine is back again and as per usual, doing the thing just as good as he ever has. Bookmans is a die-hard R.L. Stine fan, and rightfully so. Goosebumps was too cool for school and his other works makes us fall into dreamy states of book obsession, and you’d be hard pressed to resist those feels with this new addition.

Do you remember the comic book character the Man Thing? The Man-Thing is/was a large, slow, swamp monster that arose in Marvel Comics in the early 70’s. With the help of the R.L. Stine, The Man-Thing will now be getting his own comic book mini series! R.L. Stine is the famous author of the 90’s children series Goosebumps and a few other horror series. Prior to then, Stine was already a fruitful creator of joke books, making me think he will do a trilling job at comic writing. Stine may have written stories that haunted us, but now they might be making our dreams come true.

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Long live XO, Welcome “Starboy” (The Weeknd) | Bookmans

Posted in Musical Notes, Uncategorized on 28 Dec by Mariah Brule

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (known as The Weeknd) returns to deliver his third album. Prior to the release he knew that the legends of electronic dance and Daft Punk he would be featuring had minds spinning. Luckily The Weeknd didn’t disappoint and left us shook up and unable to get enough. Cue binge listening. This is The Weeknd that I have been anticipating and it’s more interesting that with each record his music keeps evolving. An album packed with drippy gooey disco-ish vibes and mysterious vocals made way to the ears of many and right straight into our reviews (obviously).

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Holiday Movie Marathon | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 Dec by Mariah Brule

Are you in the holiday spirit? Holidays are a time full of for family, friends, parties, cookies and eggnog, while spending time watching your favorite holiday movie classics. Even though everyone has their everlasting favorites, I’ve put together a list of holiday classics that everyone can enjoy this season. So bring on the cookies and eggnog and let the holiday movie marathon start now.

Making our holiday movie marathon list is:

Home Alone (1990)
Doesn’t every kid dream of having the house to themselves? 8-year-old Kevin accidentally left behind at home when his family goes on a holiday vacation. It’s all fun and games at first. Until his excitement ends when reality hits that two men have been planning to rob them, and it’s up to him to protect the family home.

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Watchmen Comic Review – Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 14 Nov by Mariah Brule

It’s interesting to see how comic book culture has become such a commodity in this day and age. If you look back into the past, it was merely “geek” culture. A medium of expression for individuals trying to find an escape in a world that continuously bombards them with monotony and banality. I remember when society deemed comic books to merely be a “childish” pleasure and that it had no literary merit.

I’ve read many comics that I would consider to have “literary merit” and should be considered classics. One comic book series comes to mind when it comes to a literary classic, it’s called Watchmen by Alan Moore and David Gibbons.


You probably remember the film that came out circa 2009. It wasn’t bad, to say the least, but it doesn’t truly grasp the sheer philosophical intensity that the comic book series has within its pages. In my honest opinion, I believe that Watchmen is one of the greatest comic books ever to be written. Completely destroying the concept of the obligatory superhero story. Read More…

Harry Potter: Fight Censorship with my Favorite Youth Series!

Posted in Bookie Blog on 28 Sep by Mariah Brule

Bookmans fights censorship every day but especially in the month of September, we spends time promoting the right to read. In celebration of continuing our freedom to read, view, and listen to what we want, I was looking over a list of past banned books to help prepare an in-store display. Many of the titles jumped out at me as favorites from my grade school self; from scary stories to the entire Harry Potter series and even to Captain Underpants. These were all shockingly on a previous list of banned books.

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For me and a lot of others in my generation, these books produced a lot of emotion and laughter, taught valuable lessons all while triggering a mind of imagination. In a sense, so much that it helped discover an adventure for reading. Growing up the Harry Potter series was monumental to me! I remember the excitement of each book being released, and then begging my grandfather to go with me to be one of the Potter fans waiting in line at the nearby Barnes & Noble. (It wasn’t ever really that hard cause deep down I know he was a Potter fan too.) Read More…

Punk Rock Review: The Coneheads, by Flavio. Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in Musical Notes on 26 Sep by Mariah Brule

Hey, guys. Flavio’s back…and guess what? He’s written another album review! Want to take another guess? It’s about a punk rock band! So predictable!

Take it away Flav…
I was scouring through the depths of the internet and came across a band that I never thought would exist in this year (and this universe).

They call themselves The Coneheads and their album LP 1 aka 14-Year-Old High School Hype Lords Rip Off Devo for the Sake of Extorting $$$ from Helpless Impressionable Midwestern Internet Peoplepunks L.P. Yeah, it’s quite a mouthful, but it’s probably one of the best punk rock albums I’ve heard of in quite some time. It’s strange to think this band exists in this modern era. Their sound is something irreplaceable. It’s almost hard to describe in many ways. Read More…

Finally, a Frank Ocean Review – Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in Musical Notes on 15 Sep by Mariah Brule

With brand new music from Frank Ocean flooding our radios and ears, it was only appropriate to delve into the newly released albums and give an honest review while he’s still hot. Frank Ocean has been making music and infecting the R&B world for years, before a four year hiatus when R&B artist Frank Ocean hadn’t released any of his own new music. With everyone creating enough rumble about his new releases I found myself diving myself into Endless, enjoying the ripe glory of it, when not even a day later; a second album was released.

Blonde or Blond, no matter the spelling, people will continue to wonder. The artwork of the album features a title different than the title seen on Apple Music, and people are curious – is it preference or an intentional artistic way to reference sexuality from Frank Ocean himself? In his song “Nikes” Ocean sings “there are two versions of me” which may allude to his semantic choice. As for me, it be clever or a preference but still doesn’t change the album.

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Flavz Top 10 Punk Rock Bands

Posted in Reel Chat on 26 Aug by Mariah Brule

A while back I noticed that Rolling Stone did an article on the Ramones sitting on the uldunter, which included their Top 40 Punk Rock albums of all time. I was intrigued and couldn’t help to flip through to find out which bands made the cut, and decided to create my own list from the inspiration (and admittedly, mild discontent).

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Q: “Flavio, you’re always making lists! What are you going to write about?”
A: I’m a 70 year-old curmudgeon trapped in a twenty-something year-olds body, so you know what? I’m going to make another list! I’ll give you a top 10 on the best Punk Rock albums of all time.

1. “Raw Power” by Iggy and the Stooges
Yes, this is my number one. Give it a listen and tell me you do not hear every conceivable Punk Rock riff ever made throughout the album. I mean, it’s not my personal favorite (it’s all about Funhouse), but it’s super influential. People tend to forget that bands like the Stooges and The Velvet Underground were formulating Punk Rock before it even became an idea.

2. “My War” by Black Flag
“So why did you not include Damaged?” Well, there is a reason behind that. Damaged is a great hardcore Punk Rock album, but it wasn’t really forward-thinking. When I think of Black Flag, I always look at their last five years as a band. My War was the beginning of a new era of Punk Rock and hardcore. The first half of My War is fantastic. Black Flag reached this point as a band where they wanted to break off from all of the other hardcore Punk bands and make something new and exciting. It ruined their reputation, but they influenced bands like Nirvana and the Melvins. That says a lot right there.

3. “Too Many Humans” by No Trend
Ah, one of my favorite bands of all time. In my honest opinion, they are one of the most brilliant bands I’ve ever listened to. This album is something that truly helped me become the person I am today. The entire album is one giant misanthropic/nihilistic view on society and the punk rock subculture. It’s absolutely amazing. Bob Strasser is probably one of the best bassists in punk besides Greg Norton and Chuck Dukowski.

4. “Zen Arcade” by Husker Du
Here is another classic for y’all! Zen Arcade is probably the Punk equivalent to The Who’s Quadrophenia. It’s a concept album about a young man running away from a broken home to venture on into the world. For a Punk Rock album, it jumps all over the place; from hardcore to psychedelia and folk rock. It might make you cry a lot (or at least it made me cry).

5. “Generic Flipper” by Flipper
This is a band that ticked off a lot of people in the hardcore community. Features slow songs about apathy, depression and alienation.

6. “Rock for Light” by Bad Brains
It’s basically their first album with a few tracks. If you haven’t listened to this band, go buy (at Bookmans obvi). Do whatever you can to get it.

7. “Q: Are We Not Me? A: We Are Devo!” by Devo
Geeky new wave Punk rock craziness for everyone that felt too weird to be alive. This is probably one of my favorite bands that have ever existed in this dimension.

8. “Plastic Surgery Disasters/In God We Trust Inc.” by Dead Kennedys
No, it’s not “Fresh Fruits…” but it’s probably amount their most creative albums they ever made. It’s like a LSD nightmare through the eyes of William S. Burroughs.

9. “Ever Feel Like Killing Your Boss?” By the Feederz
Politically incorrect art punk from the lovely city of Phoenix, Arizona! Frank Discussion, the brain behind the Feederz, was infamous for firing blanks from an AR-15 into an open crowd and gluing dead bugs all over his face. They were such an influential band that Kurt Cobain had one of their stickers on his guitar. #mindblown

10. “Pink Flag” by Wire
Ugh, I can never get enough of this album. Pink Flag made me see punk rock in a completely different light.

It’s hard to list albums that are so important to me, and to lower it down to just 10 of my favorite Punk bands. My disclaimer is that this is all based on my opinion. I’m not a music critic or anything of the like, but I just love Punk Rock and want you all to have a list to start with. I can’t help but be excited when I come across these gems on our orange shelves, and we are happy to look for any of these albums for you anytime. Stop by today and get (Punk) Rockin’ with some of Flavz favorites.

(Written by Flavio Collions, Bookmans Ina Customer Service Supervisor)

Art Can Create Change

Posted in Uncategorized on 16 Aug by Mariah Brule

If there is one thing that I’ve obtained from art, music, and literature it’s the gratitude of connection. Connection to yourself personally, to one another, to the world we live in, even to our passage of life. Art always has some way of making connections.

Bookmans wants to help you make those connections with art, music, and literature. Here at Bookmans we have built our reputation on freedom of expression while building connections, because we believe you have the right to read, view, and listen to whatever art you choose. Bookmans regularly hosts in-store events that range from art exhibits to musical performances, from festivals to workshops, because of our dedication to a philosophy of creativity, integrity, and community involvement is the most important thing to us.


Art can make a difference in a plethora of ways. Creativity is a tool that can help expose and resolve issues, and even teach us more about the things we may be naive to. Art doesn’t tell us what to do or how things “should be”, yet it can provide a better understanding, engagement, and even inspiration from the world around us. Most of us have been affected by a work of art; regardless of the medium. Whether a song, poem, book, painting, or theatre production. Haven’t you?

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Lion King Experience

Posted in Uncategorized on 10 Aug by Mariah Brule

I can remember back to sitting on the floor in my living room in-front of our small (at that time seemed so big, and well now antique) tube TV, about 5 years old and full of wonder watching The Lion King. I’ll never forget what my little 5 year old self felt like while trying so hard to fight back all my tears every time the stampede scene started to come on, as if it was the first tragedy to take place in my young life. Yet it was still the one movie that my loving family put up with watching over, and over, and over again. Of course being that age I was too young to understand the different lessons and aspects the story entailed, but I still fell in love with it. I don’t know if was my love for seeing all the animated wild life animals, maybe the soft warm colors of red, orange and yellow or even just the soothing Elton John soundtrack. Whatever it was, The Lion King was the one movie I continued to religiously watch throughout my youth.

And obviously, that Rafiki song stuck with me, even if I have made up what I think he sung…

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Schoolboy Q’s most anticipated album yet

Posted in Musical Notes on 18 Jul by Mariah Brule

I can’t explain to you how stoked I was when the most anticipated album by Schoolboy Q was released on Thursday after I waited for just over 2½ years. I’m not sure when I became a “fan” of Q, but it could have been after listening to his Oxymoron album close to a hundred times. Oxymoron confesses Q’s history of trying to be a father while also being a part of a “hard” lifestyle, but after listening to his new album, Blank Face, I can’t help but appreciate the deeper reflection on his past encounters while making connections to serious issues we see happening in the world currently.

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Mariah Recommends: Five Board Games Guaranteed to Score!

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 05 Jul by Mariah Brule

It’s clear that board games are not as common for entertainment as they use to be. For some, it’s difficult for board games to grip their attention over the newest PS4 game. Now don’t get me wrong, I love an afternoon playing final fantasy as much as the next nerd but my nerd card would be revoked if I couldn’t get down on some Settlers of Catan. With so much of our time being spent with our eyes glued on screens of various sizes- phone, tablet laptop and TV, it’s refreshing to be able to engage in playing a game face-to-face. Nowadays there are all kinds board games that everyone can enjoy. Gone are the days Shoots and Ladders and Monopoly being your only tabletop option. To give you an idea, here is an epic list of board games that appeal more to an adult audience. 

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The Art CDs And Why They Still Matter

Posted in Musical Notes on 28 Jun by Mariah Brule

With all the updates on streaming music services, people are starting to wonder if purchasing physical copies of albums have now become obsolete.  Let’s be honest when was the last time you purchased an actual CD? What use to be the norm with most us having collections of CDs in our home, cars and bags has now turned into some albums ONLY being available digitally. And while convenience makes a good argument for buying an album online, we are firmly on the side of the CD. Like what has now been deemed the Vinyl Revival we are cheering for CDs to be the next comeback kid. Here are a few reasons why physical copies still matter. 

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Bookmans Recommends: Above and Beyond

Posted in Musical Notes on 15 Jun by Mariah Brule

I fell in in love UK trance group Above and Beyond after first hearing the Group Therapy album. Consisting of  DJ’s, Tony, Paavo, and Jono, Above and Beyond, tap into the human condition through lyric and melody. I’ve experienced many different music festivals/shows but seeing an A&B show is one I know I will never forget. It was much more than just the DJ’s appealing to the crowd in a hype club environment.  The venue was utterly packed with thousands of passionate, happy, friendly and devoted fans from all over the world. The bottom floor section was loaded with people packed like a can of sardines and the top area of the venue turned into a dance floor. Crowded with people moving in every direction. The space was airtight, but everyone kept to the PLUR culture.

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View on “Views” by Drake

Posted in Musical Notes on 07 Jun by Mariah Brule

We have to say Drake has an amazing talent for spinning his most raw thoughts, anxieties, feelings and insecurities into an immense revelation. In his music he confronts his hardships and you feel a commonplace of both vulnerability and confidence radiate when listening to his tracks. Now there is a thin white line between self enlightenment and self absorption But the rapper has without a doubt straddled that border. Inside his recently released 4th album Drake continues his confessional style of writing and gives us a closer look at the deep emotional pool of self- reflection.

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Bookmans Recommends: Straight Outta Compton

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 26 Apr by Mariah Brule

Written By Flavio Collins, Bookmans Ina Customer Service Supervisor

Growing up in Barrio Hollywood during the mid-1990s, I connected with rap music and culture. I still appreciate the journalistic approach to writing lyrics. Rap is a way for people to express their views on events in their part of the world. For me, those events circulate around poverty, which people tend to ignore unless it affects them on a personal level. This early experience with rap music and poverty came back to me when I watched Straight Outta Compton, a film about the rap group N.W.A.

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Bookmans Recommends: Glass Animals

Posted in Musical Notes on 13 Apr by Mariah Brule

If you haven’t already, it’s time to acquaint yourself with the work of Glass Animals. Whatever playlist you craft for yourself–be it a Friday Night Groove or a Slumped Sunday Motivator–this indie group fits any mood and setting. Glass Animals conquered the electronic vibes, putting the feels into sound. Their music is a unique mix of indie psychedelia with trip hop beats and organic sounds, evolving a mellow vibe.

Bookmans Recommends: Glass Animals
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