dog ears books
for most of 2021 i was living in bennington, vermont, and visiting dog ears books regularly to spend significant portions of my pandemic unemployment benefits, sit for hours on the floor of the art history section, and chat with the old men who ran the place. lou, the shop’s sole employee, became a real pal of mine, and in a way so did geoffrey, “geoff,” the shop’s 96 year old owner. in the weeks before i moved from vermont to nyc, i recorded nearly three hours of audio conversations with lou and geoff, and almost as much video footage. i lost nearly all of my documentation in a data transfer when i got a new phone, and all i have left is about an hour of footage, mostly b-roll, and the photos from my camera. in june 2023, i screened an “extended trailer” for a documentary that will always remain unfinished. on this page, you can discover the “extended extended trailer” and my photos of lou, geoff, the startlingly obese white cat trinitiy, “trin”/“honkey,” and the endless maze of books that i loved to lose myself in.
some things to imagine while browsing:
- opera playing loudly on the radio, geoff humming along
- if it’s winter, the giant wood burning stove crackling in the middle of the barn
- lou behind the shelves, muttering something about too many damn books
- the deep smell of thousands and thousands of unfinishable stories