Oliver Sacks’s latest study of cognitive disorder, The Man Who Mistook His Hat For A Wife, focuses on a Welshman who seldom if ever talked to his hat and left it at home when he went to the pub; amazingly, no one noticed he was ill. And the redoubtable Doris Lessing rails against British publishing in ’Wy Arr theiy Ørl Sew illitrit A'nd iNakkewrâtt!!!! (Chato & Widnus, £$.99 hradback).
Leading contributors to Ask A Drunk offer their own recommendations below.
― Rex (Rex), Saturday, 7 December 2002 22:19 (eighteen years ago) link
Here is my Xmas list (couldn't be arsed typing Christmas - crap! I just did!)
Anyway, if you can't find your way to a Borders to get me the wit and wisdom GWB diary, any of these will do ....
Tora Bora Tomkinson & Anne Widdecombe: What to wearJohn and Edwina: A Modest ProposalGeri Halliwell: My Hell. The pop-up bookBugger-my-Neighbour: The Michael Barrymore storyLord of the Sales: J R R TolkienAnna Nicole Smith: From The Pig's MouthThe Big-Fuck-Off-Coffee-Table-Hardback-Book of Kylie's ArseYou Cannot Be Serios! The Paranormal World of Ted SeriosMagnus Pike's ABSOLUTELY ENORMOUS adventureFishing for boys: J R Hartley-Baden-PowellMichelin pink guide to maisons closes 2003George and Laura Bush: The Ignorant, Drunken and Corrupt WASP FactoryBald and collared: The Harry Hill StoryBeing Impossibly Nice and Talented and Cool and the Heir-Apparent to the Throne of Hollywood, by John MalkovichYou don't know Jack! The autobiography of Jack Stimpson
Even if you can't get these, please try to seek out 'Es tut mir leid: die Timothy Lumsdens tagebuche', which was remaindered late in 1982. But someone might be able to pick it up in a charity shop. Let me know....
― Pooster (pooster), Sunday, 8 December 2002 02:56 (eighteen years ago) link
― Pooster (pooster), Sunday, 8 December 2002 03:16 (eighteen years ago) link
The Secret Life of Pismires, E.O. Wilson.The Prosaic Dull Pointless Edda, Snorri SlapirssonThe Shellfish Gene, Dick GawkinA Comprehensive History of Aromatic Gums, Geena Davis, BA (ed.)The Oxford Book of Rebuses, Harlan Smythe-Reebok, PhD. (ed.)
― Aimless, Sunday, 8 December 2002 20:09 (eighteen years ago) link
BTW, didn't you know that Oxford Book of Rebuses is available with a free set of felt-tip pens now? Go for that one!
― Pooster (pooster), Monday, 9 December 2002 00:53 (eighteen years ago) link
Here's my own Xmas shortlist:
Jeffrey Archer - "The ins and outs of prison life."
"Postcards from abroad." by Tony Blair.
"The importance of the Dado rail in British history." - HRH Wales.
"Europe on $5 million dollars a day" - Gordon Brown.
"History is the new rock'n'roll" - Simon Scharma.
"Rock'n'roll is history" - Pete Waterman.
"Whatnots to wear" - The Vivienne Westwood story.
― Pete Andrews, Monday, 9 December 2002 11:44 (eighteen years ago) link
― Pooster (pooster), Monday, 9 December 2002 23:53 (eighteen years ago) link
― Pooster (pooster), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 00:09 (eighteen years ago) link
― JSenlib, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 04:43 (eighteen years ago) link
― Lynskey (Lynskey), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 13:31 (eighteen years ago) link
The Nicorette Prescription - Len Deighton
Gary Rhodes: Climbing Chalk Cliffs with Ice Axes in Three Days
Who Wants to be an Airport Vet? The glossy book of the muddled and desperate reality-TV series
Freaks! - Grainy, black-and-white, clandestinely shot photographs of fans lining up to receive the paraph of Marilyn Manson. Foreword by Les Battersby.
Do You Come Here Often? - the point-of-sale urologist's joke book
Leslie Crowther's 40 winks ... and other urban legends
Hall on Weals: 50 years of jovial prolixity and sado-masochism - Stuart Hall
How to Defacate: Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Delia Smith
Living and Working in Sri Lanka - Arthur C Clarke
By God, so I have! Witty retorts to leg-loss incidents - Jeremy Paxman (Ed.)
― Pooster (pooster), Thursday, 12 December 2002 00:22 (eighteen years ago) link
― Pooster (pooster), Thursday, 12 December 2002 00:33 (eighteen years ago) link
― Weebleman (StillSimon), Thursday, 12 December 2002 11:17 (eighteen years ago) link
The Spirit of Plaice, a long (1210 pp.) stylish meditation on a certain bland whitefish. This book was inspired by Marcel Proust's rather lengthy book about the madeleine. It is written in the voice of the elderly Henry Miller, after he'd gnawed off his testicles.
― Aimless, Tuesday, 7 January 2003 05:27 (eighteen years ago) link
Just in time for last second gift giving, please consider:
1001 Uses for Your Index Finger, Felix Heiferschnauzer.Consumer Guide to Prescription Drugs, (ed.) M. JacksonBrittany Spires: An Architectural Guide, Sir Culvert St. JiminyI Still Can Scare the Hired Help, M. Thatcher
― Aimless, Thursday, 24 December 2009 18:55 (eleven years ago) link