Peter Miller

Peter Miller runs the Peter Miller Design Bookshop, in Pioneer Square, in the alley between First Avenue and Alaska Way. He is there, every day. He has written three books, Lunch at the Shop, Five Ways to Cook, and How to Wash the Dishes. A fourth book, Shopkeeping, A Manual, will be published in Spring 2024, by Princeton Architectural Press.

Saturday, Bloody Saturday: A Night in Glasgow, 1964

They were not an unruly lot but so many of them were bleeding afresh from their foreheads, it was not a scene I had ever seen before, it was certainly not Old Saybrook.

Lessons From My Blue Felt Hat

I looked around, then picked the hat up by its brow with two fingers and plopped it on my head. (Only later, after meeting the senior council of hat blockers and makers did I learn you must NEVER pick up a hat in that way.)

Ties That Bind: A Fable About the Little Tie That Could

The young man and the little tie were together for years and eventually, they grew old, a little frayed, as they say, at the edges. But they did take one last walk, just to see.

Fourth of July: JoJo and the Nose Trick

I sat on the stairs with my two sisters. We could see the parade was three blocks away, headed our direction. A big young man, with a colorful loose shirt, came up to us. He had a broad smile, we knew him from our Aunt Gladys, who had said, that's JoJo Sprague, don't worry, he's fine.

Book-Learning: If Bezos, Gates and Jobs Had Finished the Assignment

I have imagined a specific and mythic collision of English professor Charles Samuels and three contemporary business titans -- Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos -- freshmen at Williams, forced to take English 101.

Better Greens: New Spinach, Spring Ramps

The local spinach has just arrived, and this is the time to find ramps in the spring market.

Serendipity: You Forget all the Books You Know

Some are pals from grade school, some arrived that you greeted but have never sat down with.

Early Days: The Streets are Yet Empty

The waterfront will save Seattle, open it like a shuttered, saddened room, give it air and wind and salt and length and even health.

Springtime: Fresh Local Asparagus Nesting in Spaghetti

This is spaghetti as the soft sweet ground beneath the first of the asparagus, it is their day.

Vignettes: Adding Color to a Midwinter Meal

It is lovely winter colors -- the bright green chives, the white yogurt, cracked pepper and the red/yellow hues from the juice. Vignettes.