Nu-ILB: What books have you purchased lately?

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This Nu-ILB thread is the direct descendant of <a href="">this Old Stylee ILB thread</a>. It is where we post the titles of books we have purchased recently.

As for me, this is a partial list of my book purchases of the past couple of months while ILX was undergoing its recent transgender surgery:

The Apes of God, by Wyndham Lewis, in a Penguin Modern Classics paper edition, for US$0.50. I amy not read this, but for the price I couldn't refuse to buy it.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Another Penguin paperback, for US$1.29.
The Olive Tree and Other Essays by Aldous Huxley, in a hardbound 1936 edition from Chatto and Windus. I have enjoyed many os Huxley's essays in the past so this one may also satisfy me.
A Steele Rudd Selection from University of Queensland Press, paperbound, for US$0.50. An aussie writer from the old school. Short stories. Who knows?
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, Vintage paperbound, for US$1.00. Never read him, but he has an interesting reputation and seems worth a buck to have a look-see.
The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers by George MacDonald Fraser; a history by author of the Flashman novels, paperbound, US $1.00.
The Pursuit of Power by William H. McNeill. A history of weaponry, tactics and who gets the upper hand and why, as compiled by a rather brilliant historian. Paperbound, US$3.00.
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, hardcover, US$1.00. A recent read from the library I decided to add to my permanent collection.

I'm sure I've overlooked a few, since ILX has been out of commision a great deal since Dec. 1, 2006 and I haven't kept strict track of what I bought in the interval.

What have you shelled out for lately?

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Let me try that link once more, but nu-ilx stylee: [Removed Illegal Link]

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:54 (sixteen years ago) link


Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Surely, links back to its own threads aren't illegal -
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I've been adhering to my self-instantiated edict of "Don't Buy Any More Books, What Are You Thinking, You Have to Move AGAIN In September". The library has been filling the gap, in a way. I put all the interesting titles I come across on Hold, and twice a week I check to see how many of the 6,573 other patrons who are also intent on these books have given up.

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 04:14 (sixteen years ago) link

HAHAHAHAHA! Nu-ILX can't link to itself????!!!! What hath Keef wrought?

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 04:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Move again? What?

Casuistry, Saturday, 3 March 2007 08:41 (sixteen years ago) link

I know, it completely sucks. When I leased this place, I was assured it would remain a rental, so I thought we'd be here for at least 2 years. But, they put it on the market the first week of Feb. and we will have to move at the end of Sept. Another giant book clear-out, whoohoo. We are thinking of going to a much much much smaller space for a year, then hopefully buying something. So, it will be a case of thinning down the library dramatically.

All of the art is in a closet. I can't see the point in hanging anything. Why even bother unpacking?

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 15:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Jaq, do they let you bring a hand truck full of cartons of books onto Amtrak? Or two hand trucks, maybe? If so, you should bring down a few hundred of your culls and sell them at Powell's.

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 18:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Not bought, but Bookmooched:

Laclos-Les liasons dangereuses
Jim Thompson-The Getaway
Evan Wright-Generation Kill

C0L1N B..., Saturday, 3 March 2007 20:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Gerard Woodward's 'A Curious Earth' and Jim Crace's 'The Pesthouse' are winging their way from the Book Depository to me at the moment. Yesterday I bought a couple of tatty old SF classics, Wilson Tucker's 'The Lincoln Hunters' and Edgar Pangborn's 'Davy'.

James Morrison, Sunday, 4 March 2007 22:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Adolfo Bioy Casares Asleep in the Sun
Yuri Olesha Envy
William Faulkner Collected Stories
Orhan Pamuk The White Castle
William H. Gass The World Within the Word
Daniil Kharms Incidences
Tadeusz Konwicki A Dreambook for Our Time
Felipe Alfau Chromos

wmlynch, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:03 (sixteen years ago) link


Casuistry, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Aimless, I'm considering the Powell's possibility. If we truly felt strong enough to show some restraint once we were there...

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:20 (sixteen years ago) link

I have to try this link again. I think I left the quote marks in. this Old Stylee ILB thread

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 20:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes, that was it. Shouldn't post while drinking; don't want to impugn Keef at all.

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 20:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Perfect restraint would be inhuman. Since it would be quite doubtful you could leave with even half as many as you sold, the net result would still be in your favor. I counsel you to do it.

Aimless, Monday, 5 March 2007 21:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Well, we'd have to have something to read on the train.....

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 21:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Lace Villages
The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz
Fashion Babylon
Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker (Stich 'n Bitch Crochet)

First one is for my mum. The rest is junk, really, except the Happy Hooker one which focuses, not on prostitution, but on crochet.

nathalie, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 12:45 (sixteen years ago) link

I've been Bookmooching instead of purchasing books lately. Just recently mooched:

The Nurture Assumption - Judith Harris
Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom and the Making of History - John Diggins

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 16:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Diderot on Art Vol. 1: The Salon of 1765

C0L1N B..., Wednesday, 7 March 2007 05:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Land of Spices Kate O'Brien
The Echoing Grove - Rosamond Lehmann
House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
The Plausibility of Life - Marc W. Kirschner, John C. Gerhart, and John Norton
Collected Poems - Philip Larkin
Goldberg: Variations - Gabriel Josipovici
Captain Blood - Raphael Sabatini

Arethusa, Friday, 9 March 2007 01:35 (sixteen years ago) link

Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales (original-spelling edition)
Robert Musil - The Man Without Qualities
J. M. Coetzee - Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005
Ngugi wa Thiong'o - Wizard of the Crow (Huh, I only just realized that he's the guy that wrote "A Grain of Wheat." I feel slightly silly for buying this, as I haven't read the copy of "The Devil on the Cross" that I got a couple of years ago. Guess the hype got the better of me.)

Øystein, Friday, 9 March 2007 12:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Got a couple things in the mail, an advance of Palahniuk's new one ("Rant", not that excited but it was free) and Jonathan Lethem's "How We Got Insipid" (old short stories).

Jordan, Friday, 9 March 2007 19:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Okay, due to birthdays, gift certificates, and Valentine's Day, we've had a decent infusion of books lately.

Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn
Field Guide to Cocktails by Rob Chirico
Knitting Loves Crochet by Candi Jensen
Bare Bones and Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen
Best Food Writing 2006 edited by Holly Hughes
Doing It Right by Maryjanice Davidson (the author is a long time friend and is constantly giving me copies of her latest stuff - I'm sure this will be fluffy and fun)
Poster Child: A Memoir by Emily Rapp (another writer friend - I read the manuscript for this one last summer and it is excellent)

I also bought a physiology text book, which I'm spending the most time with book-wise.

Sara R-C, Friday, 9 March 2007 22:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach - that's excellent. Fascinating all the way through.

James Morrison, Saturday, 10 March 2007 03:47 (sixteen years ago) link

I asked for that one after seeing it mentioned at ILE somewhere! My SIL gave it to me for my birthday and said I could never make fun of her husband's wish lists again (his list is always entirely made up of obscure books about the Holocaust because he's a German history prof). I've only made it to chapter four or so in Stiff, but so far it is really great.

Sara R-C, Saturday, 10 March 2007 19:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Voltaire: Letters from England
Greg Bear: Darwin's Radio
E M Forster: The Hill of Devi

James Morrison, Sunday, 11 March 2007 07:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Greg Tate-Flyboy in the Buttermilk
Amos Tutuola-The Palm-Wine Drunkard
Raymond Queneau-Excercises in Style
Gregory Wolff-Black Sun: the Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby

C0L1N B..., Monday, 12 March 2007 01:49 (sixteen years ago) link

narcissus and goldmund – herman hesse
drop city – t.c. boyle
omensetter's luck – william gass
divine invasion – pkd
survival, evasion, and escape – FM21-76, department of the army field manual

冷明, Tuesday, 13 March 2007 06:51 (sixteen years ago) link

I unexpectedly found a copy of Jackson Mac Low's Stanzas for Iris Lezak in Vancouver yesterday for an excellent price (and in Canadian moneys)!

Casuistry, Monday, 19 March 2007 21:23 (sixteen years ago) link

In Seattle and from Bookmooch:
Kobo Abe-Woman in the Dunes
Douglas Hofstadter-Le ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the music of language
Paul Goodman-Empire City
Warren F. Motte-Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature
Michel Houllebecq-Lanzarote

C0L1N B..., Monday, 19 March 2007 22:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Norman Rush - Mating (not sure I actually want this, but it was a rather cheap used copy, and I got drawn in by that "National book award" chocolate coin that's glued to the cover)
Jean Baudrillard - Amerika (Danish translation)
Baruch De Spinoza - Ethica (Norwegian tr.)
Terry Pratchett - Soul Music
Terry Pratchett - Men At Arms
Terry Pratchett - Witches Abroad (I'm starting to think I might build a complete Pratchett collections by frequenting the used books store down the street)
Jon Jakob Tønseth - Von Aschenbachs Fristelse
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations (German original + English tr. side-by-side)
David Hume - A Treatise of Human Nature
Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian

Phew. Off to the couch with me!

Øystein, Saturday, 24 March 2007 17:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Just ordered...
* The new Ian McEwan
* 'It Rhymes With Lust' by Arnold Drake, allegedly the first proper graphic novel, a noir muystery from the 1950s
* 'Missing' by Walter de la Mare

James Morrison, Monday, 26 March 2007 03:35 (sixteen years ago) link

So there was a sale on theory this week at my school's book store and I went hog wild:

Jaques Derrida - Dissemination, Acts of Religion, Margins of Philosophy, Writing and Difference, Spectres of Marx
Slavov Zizek - The Sublime Object of Ideology
Michel Foucault - Society Must Be Defended, Madness & Civilization
Gilles Deleuze - Anti-Oedipus, What is Philosophy (with Felix Guattari); Nietzsche & Philosophy
Guy Debord - The Society of Spectacle
Georges Bataille - The Tears of Eros, The Accursed Share (Vols. II & III)
Judith Butler - Gender Trouble
Jaques Lacan - Ecrits
Walter Benjamin - Illuminations, Reflections
Jean-Luc Nancy - Being Singular Plural
Giorgio Agamben - The State of Exception, The Coming Community
Roland Barthes - Image - Music - Text
Jean Baudrillard - Simulacra & Simulation

So far I've read a lot of the Benjamin essays and most of Dissemination, plus paged through The Tears of Eros. I have so much more to read, though!

max, Monday, 26 March 2007 15:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Now do that twice a week, and you'll be Josh before you know it.

Casuistry, Monday, 26 March 2007 17:09 (sixteen years ago) link

also homeless

max, Monday, 26 March 2007 17:31 (sixteen years ago) link

it's always a little difficult in a foreign country, but i think i did alright:

mr. muo's travelling couch - dai sijie
lovesick blues: the life of hank williams - paul hemphill

jergïns, Monday, 2 April 2007 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Dead Souls (Penguin Classics) - Nikolai Gogol; Paperback

The Pursuit of Oblivion: A History of Narcotics, 1500-2000 - Richard Davenport-Hines; Paperback

Criminal History of Mankind - Colin Wilson; Hardcover

These are in my basket awaiting to be ordered. HURRAH!

nathalie, Monday, 2 April 2007 14:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Good haul this weekend, all used except for the Harry Matthews:

George Saunders-Pastoralia
George Saunders-Civilwarland in Bad Decline
Clifford Geertz-The Interpretation of Cultures
Balzac-Histoire de la Treize
Mitchell Duneier-Sidewalk
Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan-Crossing the BLVD
Marguerite Duras-The Ravishing of Lol Stein
William Vollmann-The Rainbow Stories
Harry Matthews-Cigarettes

C0L1N B..., Monday, 2 April 2007 15:30 (sixteen years ago) link

From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of japanese Poetry, edited and translated by Hiroaki Sato and Burton Watson, used hardcover with a nice dust jacket, U. of Washington Press, 1981, US$15.00.

Letters From My Windmill, Alphonse Daudet, used Penguin paperback, US$1.29.
Eyeless in Gaza, Aldous Huxley, used paperback with a eye-gougingly hideous cover, US$1.29.
The Sons, Franz Kafka, used paperback collection of four short stories, US$0.50.
Pragmatism and other Essays, William James, used paperback, US$0.50.

Aimless, Monday, 2 April 2007 17:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Letters From My Windmill, Alphonse Daudet, used Penguin paperback, US$1.29.

That's ace. Also read his 'In the Land of Pain', which is absorbing stuff about his suffering from syphilis, translated by Julian Barnes.

James Morrison, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 01:10 (sixteen years ago) link

catherine bush, claire's head

derrrick, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 08:34 (sixteen years ago) link

On the weekend I bought a teeny little 100-page book of WH Auden poems selected by John Fuller. And the latest issue of 'Descant', which is good for before bed.

franny glass, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:37 (sixteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I have been buying books, even as other ILBers have been cutting back on the habit. Luckily for me, I also sell them.

The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans, with commentary and verse by John Daido Loori, new hardbound, $40(!). Also known as the Mana Shobogenzo. I so rarely buy new expensive books that this is a radical departure for me. I've been eyeing this for months. This is quite simply the best collection of Zen stories and commentary I have ever seen. Better than The Blue Cliff Record. Highly recommended if you are interested in Zen.

Life With Father by Clarence Day, used hardcover, $1. An old warhorse from a much different world than today.

Aimless, Sunday, 22 April 2007 17:24 (sixteen years ago) link

This was the weekend of the Seattle library booksale. The withdrawal pains were severe, and early morning attendance at the EMP pop conference did not offer much relief.

Jaq, Sunday, 22 April 2007 23:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I can't remember'em all. But I do remember buying:

martin amis' money
adventures of sherlock holmes
ballard's crash
paluhniak's haunted
fowles' the collector

and a few others. shit, i can't remember!

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, Max is where I was a few years ago. :-)

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Uh, another post, sorry:

drop city – t.c. boyle

any good? i noticed this at the store.

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Peter S. Beagle - The Last Unicorn (huh, the back cover of this has NO text. No blurbs, no brief summery, no "by the author of"... nothing! The unicorn on the cover has a goatee. The tree on the cover looks like it's made of potatoes)
Terry Pratchett - The Light Fantastic
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic (I suspected earlier that I should be able to build a complete Discworld collection through used books stores. Looks like I was right. I've yet to find any of the recent books though)
James Knowlson - Damned To Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett (I tend to steer clear of biographies, but the blog [Removed Illegal Link] made me want to read this)
Thukydides - The Peloponnesian War (I'm not going to go look up how that's spelled in English)

Øystein, Saturday, 5 May 2007 13:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Bloody hell. The link was supposed to be to the blog Anecdotal Evidence:

Øystein, Saturday, 5 May 2007 13:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Pohl wrote the first half of Space Merchants (and maybe some of the ending). Kornbluth wrote the section where the protagonist becomes lower class.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 29 April 2022 03:21 (one year ago) link

Detective suffering from claustrophobia and panic attacks takes medical leave and goes to Scotland to rest and recover; on his way there he encounters a death that doesn't initially seem like a murder at all, and starts investigating it as a way to take his mind off his anxiety.

Where do singing sands enter into it?

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 29 April 2022 03:34 (one year ago) link

It's cool enough for me to know that the phenomenon of 'singing sands' is a real one that exists is the world. How this fact fits into the book is, for me who hasn't read it yet, just that it makes for a damn interesting title.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Friday, 29 April 2022 03:40 (one year ago) link

Bought my childhood favourite Help! I Am Prisoner In A Toothpaste Factory on eBay for my daughter

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 29 April 2022 08:57 (one year ago) link

Xavier De Maistre - Voyage Around my Room
Cesare Pavese - The Beautiful Summer
Wole Soyinka - A Shuttle in the Crypt
Vladimir Sharov - Before & During
Halldor Laxness - Independent People
Christina Stead - The Man who Loved Children

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 April 2022 13:28 (one year ago) link

John Darnielle, Devil House
Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Fantasies of Neglect: Imagining the Urban Child in American Film and Fiction

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Thursday, 5 May 2022 23:12 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Hermann Burger - Brenner
Heinrich Heine - Travel Pictures
Joy Williams - Harrow
Sergio Pitol - The Love Parade
Marie Darrieussecq - Pig Tales
Gregor Von Rezzori - The Death of my Brother Abel

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 6 August 2022 11:34 (one year ago) link

This summer:

J R R Tolkien – The Silmarillion, Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (ed. Humphrey Carpenter)
Eric S. Rabkin (ed.) – Fantastic Worlds: Myths, Tales, and Stories
Clark Ashton Smith – The Dark Eidolon, and Other Stories
Clive Barker – Books of Blood, vol. 1-3
Stanley Cavell – Cities of Words, Themes Out of School
Ray Russell – Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Stories
Ellen Datlow (ed.) – Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror
Michael Moorcock – Stormbringer: The Elric Saga, Part 2

jmm, Saturday, 6 August 2022 12:35 (one year ago) link

Still stacks
Lauren Bacall By Myself and Then some
Allan Jones Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
Nikki Sixx The Heroin Diaries
Chapman Frank Sinatra The Chairman
Ursula K Le guin The Dispossessed
Nicky Hayes Understand Psychology
Ruth Dudley Edwards Patrick pearse The Triumph Of The Failure
Rosemary Ellen Guiley Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience
Revolutionary Japanese Educator And Founder Of Soka Gakkai
Bethel, Dayle M. Makiguchi The Value Creator: Revolutionary Japanese Educator And Founder Of Soka Gakkai

are some of the ones I've bought this week
So no wonder I can't get into my work table.

& I'm still getting a stack from the library too.


Stevolende, Saturday, 6 August 2022 12:58 (one year ago) link

Summer purchases. I'm buying less, but still more than I can read.

Isaac Butler - The Method, which I'm currently reading and it's great
Mel Brooks - All About Me!
Darnielle - Devil House

Karin Tidbeck - The Memory Theater
Micaiah Johnson - The Space Between Worlds

Richard Noll - The Jung Cult
Ken Jennings - Brainiac
Tamsyn Muir - Harrow the Ninth
Clive Barker - Books of Blood
The Best of R.A. Lafferty

formerly abanana (dat), Saturday, 6 August 2022 15:58 (one year ago) link

Was curious about the Butler book, good to know it’s worth it.

I bought a big handful of cheap secondhand Viragos: the tortoise and the hare, angel, our spoons came from Woolworths, the clergyman’s daughter, a wreath for the enemy - and also brookner’s “look at me”.

Also just got Oliver Harris’s new one A Season in Exile on audiobook - really looking forward to that

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 6 August 2022 21:30 (one year ago) link

Oops I mean the vet’s daughter

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 6 August 2022 21:32 (one year ago) link

last week i bought a small book lot and ended up with a 1st uk edition of henry green's blindness, (another) copy of denton welch's journals, betjeman's first and last loves, the nonesuch william morris & uh the pilgrim's guide to franciscan italy

no lime tangier, Saturday, 6 August 2022 22:53 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Library used book sale haul (for the tidy sum of $5):

Machado de Assis - The Alienist and Other Stories of 19th Century Brazil
Patricia Highsmith - The Blunderer
Philip Levine - The Simple Truth
John Fogerty - Fortunate Son (harcover)

o. nate, Monday, 17 October 2022 19:42 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Bei Dao - City Gate, Open Up
Shakespeare - King Lear
Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (tr. Lydia Davis)
Henry Green - Pack my Bag
al-Hariri - Impostures

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 12 November 2022 14:29 (one year ago) link

I'm tempted to start a thread for little free library finds. Most of my acquisitions recently are from those (also pretty sure that they're increasingly conditioning the path of my daily walks).

Joseph Conrad - Nostromo (black spine Penguin edition)
William Peter Blatty - The Exorcist
George V. Higgins - The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Patricia Highsmith - Edith's Diary
P. G. Wodehouse - Vintage Wodehouse

Also a couple of buys:

Michael Moorcock - The Eternal Champion
James Tiptree - Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

jmm, Saturday, 12 November 2022 16:40 (one year ago) link

The Death Ship, B. Traven, used trade paperback, very good condition. Got it for my birthday.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Saturday, 12 November 2022 17:35 (one year ago) link

^excellent. Feel like B. Traven is some kind of classic ILB writer who is still read. Think I may have had a screenname or two if not a thread title in his honor.

Me and the Major on the Moon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 November 2022 20:44 (one year ago) link

Although maybe he is fondly remembered but you are the only one actually reading him, reading The Death Ship over and over. Where To Start With B. Traven?

Me and the Major on the Moon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 November 2022 20:47 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I went a bit wild lately stockpiling books at sale prices. Lots of NYRB Classic in the mix:

Nightmare Alley, Wm Lindsay Graham
Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman
The Expendable Man, Dorothy Hughes
The Gate, Natsume Soseki
Botchan, Natsume Soseki
Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
Niki: The Story of a Dog, Tibor Dery
The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
Cause for Alarm, Eric Ambler
As She Climbed Across the Table, Jon. Lethem
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
Collected Tales, Nikolai Gogol (P&V translations)
The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa
Persuasion, Jane Austen
Ministry of Fear, Graham Greene
Journey to the East, Herman Hesse
Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Youncenar
Franny and Zoey, JD Salinger
The Long Ships, Frans Bengsston
The Third Horseman, William Rosen

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Sunday, 18 December 2022 20:30 (eleven months ago) link

Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper - Donald Henderson
Stone Blind - Natalie Haynes
Sea of Tranquility - Emily St. John Mandel
Complete Works of Anthony Trollope

(that last being a Delphi ebook, slightly above your shovelware public domain ebooks, but obviously sourced from Project Gutenberg and other places and slightly tidied up, but only slightly. interestingly though they have a Proust version which has more than the two PG have. the trollope is 36,000 pages, £1.49)

koogs, Sunday, 18 December 2022 21:17 (eleven months ago) link


Antonio Vieira - Six Sermons
Yoko Tawada - 3 Streets
ah-Hariri - Impostures
Clarice LIspector - Too Much of Life (Complete Chronicles)

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 31 December 2022 12:28 (eleven months ago) link

Christmas gifts:

Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe, by David Maraniss

The Philosophy of Modern Song, by Bob Dylan

Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles, by Jonathan Gold

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Saturday, 31 December 2022 15:38 (eleven months ago) link

Clarice LIspector - Too Much of Life (Complete Chronicles)

I love Lispector, even in translation. I read Near to the Wild Heart a couple of years ago, it was quite an experience.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Saturday, 31 December 2022 15:41 (eleven months ago) link

No idea whether the translation is accurate as I don't read anything other than English, but in English she has lots of awkwardness to offer.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 2 January 2023 11:49 (eleven months ago) link

Asked for and received Alec Nevala-Lee's Buckminster Fuller biography for Christmas. His Astounding was my favorite non-fiction book in recent memory.

formerly abanana (dat), Monday, 2 January 2023 15:56 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Two Pushkin Vertigo ebooks on sale on amazon today: Death on Gokumon Island and The Decagon House Murders. I love this series of translated mysteries.

Sarah Weinman - Scoundrel, hardcover, about the murderer who William F. Buckley helped free, or maybe buckley is the scoundrel
Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn - These are the Voyages: TOS Season 2, paperback -- first one had tons of information, perhaps too much. I see that in 2021 Cushman published a 700 page book on the "Phase II" pilot, which is just scary.
Ellen Raskin - The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues, pb, which j.w. friedman of I Don't Even Own a Television recommended on a podcast episode about the westing game
David Lynch - Time to Dream, hardcover, from a charity shop. Tons of pictures.

formerly abanana (dat), Monday, 16 January 2023 20:38 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...
large sized coffee table book on Art Nouveau by Gabriele Fahr-Becker which I got as 3 for a Euro yesterday and i think was way more expensive last time i saw it elsewhere. Th0ough still about 15Eur or something. Bit of a windfall then. Pretty nice, hadn't known taht had it on their site until I was looking it up for a better image of the cover. So can be browsed at least.

Also got a great thing on Art Deco which seem sto be a great deal lesser thna teh above but has turned me onto new artists already, thjough maybe should have been aware of them Demetre Chiparus for one. Though it only has 2 or 3 images by artist it still has some great stuff in for a book I payed like 33c for. Think it will prompt opening up several rabbit holes to get lost in.
Had come across some Tamara de Lempicka before though not sure L knew the name

Stevo, Saturday, 25 February 2023 13:55 (nine months ago) link

> Death on Gokumon Island

just read the second of these, Inugami Curse, and that mentions other cases he'd worked on, including things that are obviously the 3rd (eight graves) and the 4th (gokumon). i think those numbers are right, they are the order i bought them in, which i think follows the Japanese releases. 77 of these in total, take that ed McBain...

koogs, Saturday, 25 February 2023 14:52 (nine months ago) link

japanese release order is wildly different

also, there's another out, the Devil's Flute Murders

koogs, Saturday, 25 February 2023 19:54 (nine months ago) link

filling some gaps at a dollar a pop:

gerard de nerval - oeuvres
alfred doblin - berlin alexanderplatz
boccaccio - the decameron
two spanish picaresque novels (penguin classic)
robert tressell - the ragged trousered philanthropists
herman melville - complete short works
emile zola - germinal
anthony trollope - phineas finn
george eliot - silas marner
george eliot - daniel deronda
henry james - the europeans
henry james - the awkward age
henry james - in the cage & other stories
ford madox ford - the good soldier
compton mackenzie - vestal fire
ef benson - as we are
ef benson - the freaks of mayfair
dornford yates - jonah & co
len deighton - the ipcress file
new worlds 3 (moorcock ed.)
william morris - the well at the world's end
the sherlock holmes treasury (illustrated strand magazine facsimile)

no lime tangier, Sunday, 5 March 2023 02:10 (eight months ago) link

Sold a bunch for:

Stendhal - Love
Anne Serre - The Fool & Other Tales

One more gift:

Antonio Lobo Antibes - Fado Alexandrinho


Keith Ridgway - A Shock
Hermann Burger - Tractaus Logico-Suicidalis
Camilo Jose Cela - The Hive

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 5 March 2023 10:21 (eight months ago) link


xyzzzz__, Sunday, 5 March 2023 10:21 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

bought a few online over the last week
Angela Saini Patriarchs her latest book that came out last month. Do enjoy her writing and interviews.
This is looking at the phenomena of patriarchy and what alternatives there have been historically, both different types of patriarchy and different types of matriarchy. Looking forward to reading it.

Augusto Boal
Legislative theatre & Rainbow of Desire
THought I wa sgoing to get a few of his books from a friend but turns out it was only one book on him. & there were a few he has buried in te corner of a room because he's as untidy as i am it would appear.
But these are 1) Legislative Theatre a book looking at the time he was in the government and applying his Theatre of the Oppressed methodology to the act of government and legislation
& 2) Rainbow of Desire where he applies the methodology as therapy.
I had this ordered from the library but I think it's been lost or just not returned. Found it relatively cheaply so grabbed it online.

was also thinking of buying Orlando Patterson's book Slavery and Social Death cos I can't get it though the library.
Anybody read it?

Did also get a copy of George Perec's first 2 novels Things and A Man Asleep in one volume.

plus a continual stream of books from charity shops. If I can reinvent the passage of time I might get through a load of these.
Do have a bit more time now that the bike mechanic course has ended.

Stevo, Sunday, 9 April 2023 16:54 (seven months ago) link

Did buy that Orlando Patterson so should be arriving over next few days. THought i would make one last Book Depositary purchase they close next week.

Angela Saini Patriarchs arrived a couple of days ago. I haven't really looked at it. Did strike me that it must have been sentthe one day I was physically near the shop and thinking I mightdrop in and ask if I could grab it. Didn't wind up goingthere after all. Seemed to take forever to get processed though. So wasn't sure of status.

Bought the rest of teh Time Life World of Art books that were in a local charity shop. So have 7 of them yesterday got Michaelangelo , Delacroix, Vermeer and Rembrandt. Had picked up Durer, Breugel and Da Vinci earlier.
Do not know how I managed to get the bag that was that heavy up the stairs last night. Couldn't stand up elsewhere.

& purchased a copy of Ugly things new issue yesterday too.

Stevo, Sunday, 23 April 2023 11:09 (seven months ago) link

I weakened and, when a £3 copy of the Tadeusz Rozewicz volume in the Penguin Modern European Poets series came up on eBay, I bought it. Normally it's more like £30. Now I have collected the full run of that series, and completion feels more melancholy than it feels exciting. Should've known.

The poetry good though.

Tim, Thursday, 27 April 2023 10:31 (seven months ago) link

$2 each from a school sale. I was thrilled to find these.

John Dewey - Art as Experience
T. J. Clark - The Painting of Modern Life

jmm, Friday, 28 April 2023 19:02 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Tadeus Borowski This Way For tHe Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen
Polish Auschwitz survivor's set of short stories about life in teh prison camp.
Every time i go and look in charity shops I find something I really want to read. JUst wish I could find a way of creating a new timestream or means of osmosing books since real time doesn't suffice.
Have heard this is extremely haunting and not easy reading.

James Burke Circles
The writer and presenter of Connecctions connected book which is a lot of short pieces on inventions.

The Phenomenon of Religion Moojan Momen
Summary and comparison of core tenets of mainstyream religions. THis looked like a book I'd wanted to read for years and now I wonder hwo soon I will get to it.

Alan Weisman The World Without us
speculative work on what the planet would do in our absence should a sudden calamity remove teh prevalent destructive species.
I've now listened to a few podcasts tied in with this and really want to get into it.

Adam Higginbotham Midnight In Chernobyl
Oral history of the Chernobyl disaster

Orlando Patterson Slavery and Social Death
survey of all historical instances of survey in society. GOing back thousands of years and loking at what it meant at theh time.

which are only a handful of a larger pile amassed recently. I want to read them all immediately as well as a stack of things from the library. & all the books I bought over the last couple of years

Stevo, Wednesday, 24 May 2023 18:16 (six months ago) link

School book fairs always turn up some gems. I found a first edition hardcover of Cavell's The World Viewed for $3, as well as William Gass's On Being Blue.

jmm, Sunday, 4 June 2023 14:35 (five months ago) link

Found a copy of Arlie Russell Hochschild's The Managed Heart by chance on Friday. Like it was what I was specifically looking for for the last few weeks but after being told that it doesn't turn up in charity shops i heard it calling to me in a 2nd hand place.Or close to. Went to the section and it was there, though nopt in the cover I would have liked.
BUt have been meaning to read it for years. May have read it soon after hearing about it in the early 00ies but if so I think I read it really fast and that was 20 years plus ago. So very glad that it turned up . & it was cheap. I had nearly ordered it on ebay.

Stevo, Sunday, 4 June 2023 15:12 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

Gifts from people (birthday etc.):

Charles Rosen - The Frontier of Meaning: Three Informal Lectures on Music
Geza Csath - Opium and Other Stories
Sergio Pitol - Mephisto's Waltz (Selected Short Stories)
Miguel de Palol - Garden of Seven Twilights
Yu Miri - The End of August

Otherwise I have bought v little over the last six months.

Honore de Balzac - The Quest of the Absolute
William Shakespeare - Macbeth
Mircea Cartarescu - Solenoid

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 16 August 2023 10:43 (three months ago) link

What did you think of Solenoid?

dow, Thursday, 17 August 2023 02:51 (three months ago) link

The past few purchases have all been book club readings

Clarke, Piranesi

Enger, So Brave, Young and Handsome

Grann, The Wager

Whitehead, Harlem Shuffle

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 17 August 2023 02:54 (three months ago) link

that csath collections is... interesting? also at times somewhat gruesome

think the only book i've purchased at all recently is the updated edition of the electric muse by lang, dallas, denselow & shelton

no lime tangier, Thursday, 17 August 2023 08:05 (three months ago) link

Just reading the Csath now. It's an amazing book.

What did you think of Solenoid?

― dow, Thursday, 17 August 2023 bookmarkflaglink

Looking to crack it open in the next month.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 17 August 2023 09:39 (three months ago) link

I found two more books on the cheap, ofc.

Thomas Bernhard - Gargoyles
Marguerite Duras - L'Amour

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 17 August 2023 21:07 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Sold a bunch at Skoob for:

Gottfried Benn - Primal Vision
Samuel Beckett - Three Novellas
Louis Ferdinand-Celine - Fable for Another Time
Euclides da Cunha - Backlands
Hans Magnus Enzenberger - Mausoleum


William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet
Henry Green - Caught

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 September 2023 09:06 (two months ago) link

Look Homeward Angel Thomas Wolfe
autobiographical novel by a writer I was turned onto as an influence on Jack Kerouac about 40 years ago. I may have read this back then.
BUt found it for a euro yesterday so Thought I'd take the plunge.

The Day Of The Locust Nathaniel West
Book about turn of theh 40s Hollywood that I've meant to read for an age. I saw the 1974 film of it a couple of weeks back then found this in teh charity shop I got the above from. May have a copy in a different imprint floating around somewhere.
Also reminds me that I need to read the City of Nets about the same era Hollywood. have had taht sitting around for a while.

Al Capone's Beer Wars John F Binder
history of prohibition era gangsters in Chicago. Looked good anyway.

Stevo, Tuesday, 19 September 2023 11:06 (two months ago) link

& I just bought a copy of C. Willett Cunnington's A handbook of English Costume in teh 19th century
hoping that it is at least presentable cos it is listed as Poor but the better quality versions are upwards of £50 a copy.
Hoping that an ex library version dating back to 1966 with some writing inside is going to be rated as this if not in absolutely pristine condition . Well will see. It is up on but I do want a physical copy.
writer's name sounds like a particularly middle class sexual euphemism or something.

Stevo, Tuesday, 19 September 2023 11:12 (two months ago) link

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