8 Monumental Moments from 1994

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 20 Sep by

Let me set the stage for this one. Coveralls, layers, and scrunchies are in style. So are flannel shirts, sunflowers, and silk pajamas. Those are just a few of the choice wardrobe selections from the early 90s. I recently saw Weezer again (for the millionth time since my teen years), and it caused some nostalgia for the pop-culture of my youth. For me, those feelings coalesce in 1994, the year I started high school.  Here are 8 great moments of 1994 that are cemented in history forever.

Madonna Drops an F-Bomb (or 10)

David Letterman’s interview with Madonna in 1994 is one that he’s probably never forgotten.Long story short, Madonna did what Madonna did back then and drops 14 “f-bombs” while on set. Censors had a wild ride that night! #awkward

Woodstock ‘94

An epic return 25 years after the original, Woodstock ’94 brought 300,000 fans to upstate New York to jam with Green Day, Nine Inch, Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Bob Dylan. I still remember recording pieces of it on my VCR, including the notorious mud fight started by Green Day. Check out this NSFW link to a 35-minute live performance by Green Day.

Michael Jackson Married Lisa Marie Presley

“If I asked you to marry me, would you do it?” Jackson asked Presley during one of their phone calls.  Being such private celebs, the couple chose not to announce the marriage for several months. It lasted less than two years, but it was all anyone could talk about.

A Defining Film Year

October 1994 was one of the greatest months in move releases of all time. Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, The Lion King, and Jurassic Park were all in theaters at the same time. You will find subtle references in current television, film, and literature. 

The PlayStation

The original PlayStation wasn’t launched in the states until 1995 but had a wildly successful launch in Japan in December of 1994. The US, meanwhile, held its breath for it to arrive, but that didn’t stop EVERYONE from talking about it all year long.

Tonya Harding

Have you seen the 2017 movie I, Tonya? It follows the now-disgraced figure skater and her connection to the notorious attack on Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Don’t worry, it’s full of contradicting stories by both Tonya and her associates. On June 30, 1994, Harding was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association. #scandalous

My So-Called Life

Jordan Catalano. Need I say more?

Kurt Cobain

The world will never forget the MTV Special Report where Kurt Loader announced that Kurt Cobain had ended his life in his Seattle home. Cobain was a long-term sufferer of depression and addiction. I found this quote from Lars Ulrich of Metallica on Cobain, just 10 years after his death, ‘”…And with Kurt Cobain you felt you were connecting to the real person, not to a perception of who he was — you were not connecting to an image or a manufactured cut-out. You felt that between you and him there was nothing — it was heart-to-heart. There are very few people who have that ability.”

There you have it. It was difficult to choose just 8, but no one wants to read a novel. (See what I did there?) So, all of you 90s kids, what are your favorite monumental moment memories?

Books to Pair with a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Posted in Bookie Blog on 19 Sep by

Fall is finally here! The weather is cooling down, stores are filled with yellow, orange, red colors, and the famous pumpkin spice latte is available at most coffee shops. However, for book nerds like us, this isn’t enough! Autumn is one of the best times to snuggle up with a good book and a nice warm drink! Here is my list of the top five books that pair well with a pumpkin spice latte.

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3 October Releases We Can’t Wait To Read

Posted in Bookie Blog on 14 Sep by

We know it’s only mid-September, yet the idea of cuddling inside with a good book as fall foliage blankets our town has got us scouring the bookish blogosphere and getting our TBR list ready. The fall season is reading season. All bibliophiles know this. And though there are still plenty of classics that still need reading, we can’t help but set aside current untouched titles collecting dust on our shelves for a new release or two… or seven. That’s why we’ve compiled an extensive list (three books) of titles we can’t wait to get our greedy little hands on!

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Fight Censorship: The Banning Of America’s Toys

Posted in Core Values, Games on 12 Sep by

Though Bookmans talks a lot about censorship, the truth is that censorship can rear its head in many facets of life. Although this month we celebrate the right to read and encourage getting caught reading with a banned book, we want to open up the conversation to include all censored media. The goal is to help spread the word about just how far-reaching censorship is. It’s time to talk about toy censorship during our Fight Censorship Month!

Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kid doll eating a fake french fry

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Review: 2018’s Spider-Man for PS4

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 10 Sep by

With the recent release of Spider-Man by Insomniac Games, the Spider-Man hype is at an all-time high. There are so many great Spider-Man games, but let’s be honest – everyone has their personal favorite. Here’s the scoop on why Insomniac’s Spider-Man is my new fave. Believe the hype!

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To Ban or Not to Ban

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 08 Sep by

It makes me sad that, as a society, we need to have a month dedicated to recognizing the impact of ignorance on literature and education. What is worse, books are still being challenged today with bans. Like, right now. Literature has been a staple of self-expression since humans began to write. And there has always been (and probably will always be) someone who believes those words and thoughts should be locked away. With anti-censorship being one of our core values, Bookmans continues to fight for everyone’s right to read. With that, I give you five reasons why books are banned –  and four better reasons not to.

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Fight Censorship and Have Fun with Bookmans in September!

This Fight Censorship Month Bookmans is incredibly excited to celebrate our freedom to read and appreciate art in all its forms in September! We’re also thrilled to host and participate in so many great events within the communities we serve. No matter your age or interest, there are amazing events coming your way all month long at your local Bookmans!

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Art Supplies Put to the Test!

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 06 Sep by

The plan was simple: purchase the pens and colored pencils I pined for. Grab tons of bags. Make those bags beautiful. Sneak them back into the bag supply. Watch the fun. Here’s how it all went down.

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Old Childhood Computer Games

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 05 Sep by

Do you ever wonder what happened to classic computer games? Back in the day my friends and I would have a blast playing them and when my parents would buy me a new one I was over the moon about it. Unfortunately, it seems that not too many people play computer games anymore. Here’s a flashback to some of the games I used to love from the mid-1990’s to early 2000’s.

Boy wearing headphones playing a computer games with a mouse and keyboard

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Join Bookmans for Fight Censorship Month

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 31 Aug by

Bookmans fights censorship every month, but in September we intensify our focus. We believe in the freedom to read, watch, play and listen to whatever media we want. In conjunction with Banned Books Week, we highlight ways to speak up and speak out. The right to discovery, knowledge, and enlightenment is never a crime — and we want to keep it that way.

Fight Censorship 2014
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Adventures in Book Arts and Crafts

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 28 Aug by

As a cashier, I’m in the unique position to see nearly everyone’s epic finds. I meet great people and talk about my favorite games, bands, and books. I end those conversations with a reminder of our 7-day guarantee in the event there’s any problem with the book or disk. Now and then the reply back is: “does the condition matter?” The reason being, the item is going in an art project. This blog post is a shout out to the artists and the crafters. The customers that see potential in the finds others would discard. Let’s dive into the world of book art!

Book art with book open and a folded heart made of paper in 3D facing front

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Bookmans Recommends: D.C. Follies

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 28 Aug by

Who doesn’t have something they have fond memories of? One show took America’s funny bone by storm, and I remember it fondly, even if I was too young to get all the jokes. That nostalgic, kooky cocktail of 1980s politics and pop culture has finally landed onto DVD. Presented by Shout Factory, all 44 episodes of D.C. Follies are presented uncut – for the first time.

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Great Reasons to Join a Book Club

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 24 Aug by

Have you ever thought of joining a book club before, but not quite sure it’s for you? Well, I have to say that a book club can be for everyone and anyone. Truthfully, you don’t have to love books THAT much to enjoy yourself! Of course, the obvious reason to join a book club is a love of reading, but there are so many other wonderful opportunities you can look forward to when you join. Let’s talk book clubs, everyone!

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Let’s Get Crazy: 10 Bob Ross Facts

Posted in Reel Chat on 22 Aug by

When it comes to painting, it’s hard not to think of one iconic name: Bob Ross. Ross is known for his calm demeanor, soothing voice, and of course, that amazing hair. His love of animals and nature shined as much as his skills with a brush. Every one of his paintings seemed so effortless, and watching him work is mesmerizing. It truly is a joy to watch the Joy of Painting. Here are some happy little facts about Bob Ross!

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Remembering Aretha Franklin 

Posted in Musical Notes on 19 Aug by

Last week Aretha Franklin, ‘the Queen of Soul,’ passed away at the age of 76. Over the weekend I took time to read many remembrances of her songwriting, vocal prowess, and talent as a pianist. I dove deep into her discography and live performances. The moments that were the most vivid to me were most certainly ones that I can remember, moments from recent history.

Aretha Franklin

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Pokémon Games Ranked Worst to Best

Pokémon is one of the most iconic video games of all time. First launched in Japan in 1996, this role-playing video game quickly spread worldwide. Game Freak and The Pokémon Company made sure to include a Pokémon game for every Nintendo-based console. For 20+ years Pokémon continued to grow. Now, with 802 Pokémon and over 100 games, it’s hard to decide which ones are the best (but I’m gonna try anyway)!

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The Art of Adaptation

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 15 Aug by

What does it take for a movie to be considered a good adaptation?  Is it how faithfully it follows its source material? Is how close it can keep the initial vision of its creator intact while keeping the story both new and exciting? Or can it be something completely different? Can it in a way be a bridge for a new generation of artists to have the room and freedom to express themselves and update the story for a new audience? Let’s examine the art of adaptation through the lens of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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25 Tips and Tricks for Dungeons and Dragons Players: Part Three

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 13 Aug by

The ultimate tabletop game, Dungeons and Dragons, is having a major popularity boom at the moment. Like so many others, if you are just learning how to tackle the tremendous world of Dungeons and Dragons with your friends or in a DnD club, the size, scale, and complexity of the game can feel overwhelming. As a longtime DnD gamer, I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of tips and tricks that can help you master Dungeons and Dragons! In fact, I’ve got 25 of them right here! If you haven’t read Parts One and Two, check them out now. If you’re all caught up, here are my final tips and tricks that will turn you from a novice into a full-fledged gamer!


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Gamers Can Score Big At Bookmans

Posted in Games, In Our Stores, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 09 Aug by

Are you a gamer looking for the latest video game releases? Maybe you’re a collector looking to fill out your retro Nintendo cartridge collection or find some rare Playstation JRPGs. Perhaps you simply want a cheap and entertaining video game system to occupy the kids. Whatever video games you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it and more at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. Take a look at some of the awesome systems we see regularly!

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7 Genius Ways to Make Reluctant Readers Love Reading

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 07 Aug by

It is every parent’s dream that their child will one day devour books like they do candy. Reading can be one of the most magical gifts a child can get, but in this day and age many children would rather sit at watch television or play a video game instead. So how do you encourage your child to pick up good ol’ Harry Potter and enjoy it too? First, we need to take a look at what is stopping your child from enjoying books.

Father and two children reading in a blanket fort with twinkling lights

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