the other evening i enjoyed every bit of wondering about at brand bookshop, a used bookstore in glendale (just a skip away from the guava cheese at porto’s bakery). there inside works a wonderfully sharp old fellow whose cracks kept me chuckling throughout my visit. loved the section titled ‘books on books’, but what i really got lost in were the books on plants & flowers. there was an old old field guide (older than this one) that also addressed the flowers by colors, but it followed with a special chapter on the ‘unpleasantly scented flowers’. was happy to come away with the title ‘exotic plants’ & a guidebook on leaves; wasn’t too happy about being tricked (by my own hand, no one else’s) into opening a book on termites (the cover was misleadingly stately).