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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

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


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

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

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

Move again? What?

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


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

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

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

Diderot on Art Vol. 1: The Salon of 1765

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

also homeless

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

catherine bush, claire's head

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

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

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

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

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

The Beautiful Ones the Prince cowrite.
It was 1/2 price in Waterstones.

Several other things that will come back to me later.

Stevolende, Friday, 3 January 2020 05:10 (eight months ago) link

Kindle deals in the UK is currently a list a thousand books long what with Christmas. in the last week I've picked up

the owl service
the penelopiad
American gods (some 4 story compilation thing)

and rescued "the haunting of hill house" from my teenage bedroom

koogs, Friday, 3 January 2020 05:38 (eight months ago) link

john cowper powys - maiden castle
jocelyn brooke - the image of a drawn sword
kenneth patchen - the journal of albion moonlight
rainer maria rilke - the notebooks of malte laurids brigge

no lime tangier, Friday, 3 January 2020 12:10 (eight months ago) link

a thing that will bring at least two of those books together (the Brooke and the JCP - I haven’t read the Patchen ) is John Ireland’s Mai Dun Symphonic Rhapsody.

Fizzles, Saturday, 4 January 2020 12:19 (eight months ago) link

Salvador Dali the Making of an Artist by Catherine Grenier. looks like a comprehensive book on the artist. Had it put away a few months ago.

Now got a Keith Morris memoir put aside and will collect it next week.

Stevolende, Saturday, 4 January 2020 14:05 (eight months ago) link

Been gifted by various ppl:

Edward Gibbon - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (the Abridged version)
Natalia Ginzburg - Happiness, as Such
Sadeq Hedayat - The Blind Owl
Victor Serge - Memoirs of a Revolutionary
Sappho - if not, Winter (tr. Anne Carson)
Joy Williams - Escapes

2nd hand find (some of these go months back)

Franz Kafka - Letter to Father
Linda Bostrom Knausgaard - The Helios Disaster
Vladimir Nabokov - Nikolai Gogol
Colette - Cheri

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 5 January 2020 19:10 (eight months ago) link

My last few. All second-hand except the Borges, which was a vacation souvenir. I'm going to learn to read Spanish I've decided.

Jorge Luis Borges - Inquisiciones/Otras inquisiciones
Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire
Saint Augustin (tr. Arnauld d’Andilly) – Confessions
Stephen Hawking - A Brief History of Time
Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan – Comets
William Carter – Marcel Proust: A Life

jmm, Sunday, 5 January 2020 20:26 (eight months ago) link

re: ireland connections, interesting thanks. coincidentally it was mention in electric eden of his great literary inspiration machen that pointed me in his direction a number of years ago (though have not pursued his work to any great length thus far)

no lime tangier, Monday, 6 January 2020 07:21 (eight months ago) link

from a thing I wrote a long while ago:

The composer John Ireland loved Machen’s works. His Legend for Piano and Orchestra, with its beckoning, pastoral motif and discordant, sinister piano was dedicated to Machen and inspired by the vision on the Sussex Downs of children in white silently dancing near the site of an old leper colony, who vanished when he glanced momentarily away.

"Oh, so you’ve seen them too?"

was the slightly terse reply from Machen when Ireland wrote to him of the event.

Wandered into Oxfam books during my lunch break yesterday, had a look at an MP Shiel, but I can get that out of the library, did end up getting:

Gross's Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour textbook, which was standard for my A-level course
Fourth edition of the Norton Anthology of Poetry - canon setting classroom standard anthology, usefully diverse.
Poesia Inglesa - vol 1 of the 'Obras de Fernando Pessoa', with facing page translations into the Portuguese.

Fizzles, Saturday, 11 January 2020 08:33 (eight months ago) link

Vernon Joynson A Potpourri of Of Melodies And Mayhem
the Latin America and canada volume of his extended work on psychedelia and prog etc. It grew out of being part of his Dreams, Fantasies and Nightmares from Far Away Lands which also covered the antipodes and Asia.
IT's in 2 sections one being all of South America grouped together instead of by individual countries and missing things like Gato Barbieri which I thought he might have included. That section is shorter than the Canadian one which I also found a bit surprising. But I guess there was less money or record company set up down there .
Anyway interesting find and i got it at a cut price.Does look like the book has been read and seems a little floppier than i would have expected from such a heavy book. Glad I got it though, somehow missed hearing about it despite getting the previous book by him which was the other one split off from “Dreams, Fantasies and Nightmares from Far Away Lands " and came out several months before this one.

I'd really like to know if his Short Sharp Shock to the System book on punk/postpunk etc etc was worth getting since I think it's a limited edition and every copy of it I've seen physically has been sealed in cellophane so i couldn't really look at it. Hope taht the standard of recent editions is what he is trying to keep up to, I heard the old punk book by him "Up Yours" wasn't as good as it could have been and regurgitated info from cd sleeves and stuff. Did used to find that his books from the early 00ies seemed to be a couple of years out of date by the time they were printed. In terms of what was and wasn't available on cd etc at least. But info technology is a lot better than it was then.
Anybody got it?

Stevolende, Saturday, 11 January 2020 11:26 (eight months ago) link

Yesterday I bought a used hardcover copy of Thomas Mann's tetralogy, Joseph and His Brothers for $2. It's one Alfred has enthused about more than once on ILB, so naturally I had to nab it at that price. However, I see I am beginning to pile up a backlog of 1000+ page works waiting to be read (JaHB is 1200 pp, give or take). I need to think about tackling some of them.

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 11 January 2020 17:58 (eight months ago) link

Poesia Inglesa - vol 1 of the 'Obras de Fernando Pessoa', with facing page translations into the Portuguese.

You know, whenever I read Pessoa's english language stuff it reads like embarrassing attempts by someone who's not too good with the language, but as Pessoa was clearly more clever than I am I'm sure I'm wrong. Would love to hear what a native speaker has to say on the matter!

IT's in 2 sections one being all of South America grouped together instead of by individual countries and missing things like Gato Barbieri which I thought he might have included. That section is shorter than the Canadian one which I also found a bit surprising. But I guess there was less money or record company set up down there .

With all due respect to the Canadian psych scene, I find it hard to believe South America as a whole has less to offer. I have two books on Brazilian psych alone!

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 13 January 2020 10:28 (eight months ago) link

My wife got me the NYRB 2020 Book Club subscription for a present, so I guess I won't need to buy many books this year.

o. nate, Monday, 13 January 2020 20:45 (eight months ago) link

sold a bunch at skoob for:

Marcel Proust - Sodom & Gomorrah (I was re-reading this volume on a flight a few years ago and left it there so pleased to have the full set again)
Pierre Michon - Masters and Servants
Gerald Manley Hopkins - Poems and Prose
Hart Crane - Complete Poems
Colette - The Last of Cheri

Picked up:

Antonio Tabucchi - The Woman of Porto Pim
P.G. Wodehhouse - The Code of the Woosters
William Shakeapeare - The Sonnets

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 19 January 2020 13:17 (eight months ago) link

Pure reason
Girls will be girls - O’Toole
On aggression Lorenz
De Montaigne’s Essays

nathom, Sunday, 19 January 2020 23:58 (eight months ago) link

Found Stephen Morris' memoir Record play pause in a charity shop for 1eur today which was nioce.
Do love JOy Division so have read all the other memoirs so far i think.

A book on Greek mythology from the same charity shop

The Enduring Vision A History of the American peoples from another charity shop.

A book on Ubuntu cos I still haven't really got the grip of this installation of teh OS. Hope it gets me there

Stevolende, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 22:36 (eight months ago) link

Went to a Deanery bookshop, which always has amazing stock and is ridiculously good value. They always seem to have a slew of Virago books so got two Elizabeth Taylor's I've not read (Palfrey and Lippincote's) and a Molly Keane (The Rising Tide).

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Sunday, 26 January 2020 19:55 (eight months ago) link

I read a short story of Taylor’s this week - The Flypaper. Not exactly good but *very* unsettling

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 27 January 2020 00:00 (eight months ago) link

A copy of WCW's WHITE MULE that used to belong to another quite celebrated poet.

the pinefox, Sunday, 2 February 2020 20:07 (seven months ago) link

Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein, used hardcover in an old (1962) Modern Library edition, very good condition, no dust jacket, $1. I bought this in order to re-read the Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which is included complete. The other selections are just a bonus.

The Highland Clearances, John Prebble, used Penguin trade paperback, very good condition, $1. Because it's good to recall that the poor always get handed the dirty end of the stick.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 2 February 2020 20:15 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

georges perec - three/53 days
morton feldman - give my regards to eighth street

no lime tangier, Thursday, 27 February 2020 23:23 (seven months ago) link

WH Auden - Around the House
Seamus Heaney - Death of a Naturalist
Wallace Stevens - The Palm at the End of the Mind
Susan Cain - Quiet
Sylvie Simmons - I'm Your Man

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Friday, 28 February 2020 18:12 (six months ago) link

Ciaran Carson - In the Light of (after Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud)
Marina Tsvetaeva - Select (tr. McDuff)
Juan Benet - A Meditation

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 7 March 2020 13:34 (six months ago) link

thrift store purchases that should see me through the end of the world:

Gontran de Poncins - Kabloona
memoir by a French nobleman who traveled to the Arctic to live with an Inuit community in the late 1930s. nice looking Time Reading Program reprint, though the first edition has a more generous selection of photos

RW Spryszak - Edju
signed by the author: "thank you for letting Edju into your house"

Sacheverell Sitwell - Journey to the Ends of Time
I've dipped into this a bit and I'm still not sure what to make of it: part Sunday morning sermon, part art criticism, part morbid philosophical musings of a leisure class nonbeliever, part guided tour through setpieces/dreams/prose-paintings representing death and the afterlife? it looks like he wrote s(ach)everal other books in the same vein. can't help but type out this gem of a quote from the introduction:

It is my belief that I have informed myself of nearly all works of art in the known world. I cannot think that anything considerable is missing. Where I have not been in person, I have read and studied. I have heard most of the music of the world, and seen nearly all the paintings.

alright big man

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Monday, 16 March 2020 03:48 (six months ago) link

Esther Perel-mating in captivity.

nathom, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:46 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

my first post-quarantine book purchase arrived today...

wrong movements: a robert wyatt history (michael king) - being a combined chronological oral biography/discography/session history with masses of archival photos, art & articles up to the early nineties + an unexpected bonus book!

no lime tangier, Friday, 8 May 2020 06:04 (four months ago) link

The 13th Floor Elevators A Visual History
Paul Drummond's 2nd book on the subject. has some really great images in. Might get some of tehm printed up and stick them on a wall once the shops reopen.
Not read any of the text yet.

The sewing Machine Master Guide Clifford Blodget.
Great book on the workings of a sewing machine. Shows how it works and how to do simple fixes and things like timing and needle correction.
I thought my sewing machine had totally messedup at a time that I couldn't take it to a repair person. So thought I needed to teach myself.
I got it working a coupleo fdays later but now have this which is really useful. This plus loads of hours of hands on exeprience ought to lend to me knowing how to fix things.

Active Hope Joanna Macy.
I saw Demain a couple of months ago which talks about soime of her work.
Wanted to read some of it too. So hoping this is going to get here soon.

Mike Barnes A New Day Yesterday
Nice overview on prog in the UK.
MIght go out and pick up a few titles i don't have. Still not got any Egg unless you count Arzachel which you can't really . Also not got solo Steve Hillage.
Interesting read anyway.

Tony Allen Autobiography
2 books grabbed from the duke University press sale. Might go back for some more.

Stevolende, Friday, 8 May 2020 09:07 (four months ago) link

that elevators visual history looks nice. i did have a copy of drummond's eye mind but ended up giving it away mostly unread cos i'm not really sure i need to know all the voluminous 13fe related detail it went into... then again maybe i'll borrow it back sometime.

no lime tangier, Friday, 8 May 2020 09:23 (four months ago) link

With all my favorite bookshops closed, of course I've turned to online ordering to feed my habit. I've tried to feed it as sparingly as possible, since I'm used to paying $3 or less for used books. I've put more than a dozen into my 'shopping carts' while browsing, but have not sprung for any beyond these:

The Complete Novels of Dawn Powell, in the two-volume hardcover edition published by Library of America, new, $27.50 (after discount). I've read about half her output and these will allow me to read the remainder.

A Maigret Trio: Maigret's Failure, Maigret in Society, Maigret and the Lazy Burglar, George Simenon, as a used hardcover w/o dust jacket, $6. Hasn't arrived, yet, but I'm looking forward to gulping these like oysters on the half shell. I hope it's mostly unmarked, cuz I hate markings anywhere past the inside cover and frontispiece.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 8 May 2020 18:45 (four months ago) link

I've got that threefer, posted about first two on previous What Are You Readings: very tasty individually, and go together well. Looking fwd to The Lazy Burglar.

dow, Saturday, 9 May 2020 00:41 (four months ago) link

I don’t need any new books, two decades of over-purchasing and under-reading has meant I have a pretty good lockdown library of stuff to read. That said, we have a kids bookshop on the road I’d like to support, and they also take adult orders, so I’m gonna pick up 4-5 Barbara Pyms, the Madness oral history, Dumas’s Women’s War, Harriet the Spy, Nancy’s Genius Plan board book, and a bunch for Virago things

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 9 May 2020 08:53 (four months ago) link

Re: Virago - I wanted to pick up some Rose Macaulay and Barbara Comyns - recommendations gratefully accepted!

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 9 May 2020 09:01 (four months ago) link

I like all Comyns's books; of the (I think) four VMCs the only one is hesitate to recommend is "Sisters By A River" because some people find its child-like tone a bit much iirc. I'd prob start with the Vet's Daughter but toy can't go wrong with The Skin Chairs or Our Spoons Came from Woolworths.

Tim, Saturday, 9 May 2020 11:03 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

THe Selling Sound Diane Pecknold
book about how country music was shaped by commercial concerns etc

Birds of Fire Kevin Fellezs
book on jazz fusion. Have heard some varying reviews of this so hope it is pretty good.
THere were another load of books I might have grabbed if I had some more money. The Duke University Press sale ends today unless it gets a further extension.
Would have loved Slaves To Taste the book on Black Dandyism.

Site did seem to not be the best lay out for browsing easily and going in to check the blurb then step back to where you were on teh list left you with a dead connection which isn't great.
Looked like there were a load of very interesting books in there though.

Stevolende, Monday, 25 May 2020 08:54 (four months ago) link

The Selling Sound is really good.

Spocks on the Run (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 May 2020 09:00 (four months ago) link

great, I wondered. Did hear it was pretty good for information but th ewriting might be a bit taxing or something. BUt looking forward to reading it.
Not sure how long it'll take to get here. Previous purchase hasn't appeared yet.

Stevolende, Monday, 25 May 2020 10:36 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Pier Paolo Pasolini - Roman Poems
Simone Weil - Anthology
The Diary of Virginia Woolf: 1920-24 (vol.2) (these are the years where she wrote Mrs Dalloway and was reading Joyce and Proust so it should be a banger)

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 1 August 2020 11:44 (one month ago) link

I bought a physical copy of The Pendragon Legend (1934) by Antal Szerb, described as combination of romance, class comedy, ghost story and murder mystery -- a mix that made me curious. Translated by Len Rix who also did Magda Szabo's The Door.

wasdnous (abanana), Saturday, 1 August 2020 14:11 (one month ago) link

Superior by Angela Saini
saw the online launch of this a couple of weeks ago.
Thought it sounded interesting, the return of scientific racism or that is racism getting a pseudo scientific backing from sources taht really shouldn't be supporting such tosh.
Haven't got it yet but looking forward to reading it.
A return to things like Eugenics that were putting forth an idea of some races needing to be controlled more athn others whic was BS at the time but too widely believed and policy influencing and directing in too many places.

Stevolende, Saturday, 1 August 2020 14:57 (one month ago) link

Antal Szerb was an absolute gem

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Sunday, 2 August 2020 06:19 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

Maria Gabriel Llansol - The Geography of Rebels Trilogy
Pontoppidan - Lucky Per (this is an incredible find for 3 quid lol)
Robert Musil - Posthumous Papers of a Living Author
Ciaran Carson - The Star Factory
Juan Jose Saer - La Grande (great to finally have my own copy of this masterpiece!)

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 30 August 2020 13:29 (four weeks ago) link

In a fit of despair-induced shopping the other night, I utilized a tip from a friend an went on the very clunky Powell's Books website and found some gems for next to nothing, including:

Norma Cole- Do the Monkey <--- Cole has become one of my favorite poets and translators over the past year, she's incredible
Bruce Andrews- Corona <--- signed copy, from an edition of 300, goes for 10-15 times what I paid for it elsewhere
Carla Harryman & Lyn Hejinian- Wide Road <--- an experimental novella that I've never even *seen* a copy of, which goes for 10 times what I paid.

Basically, if you can deal with the clunkiness of it, it's worth checking out the Powell's site, as you can get some real deals. Why? Well, they stopped selling through both Abe and Amazon, so one of the only ways to get at their huge warehoused catalog of used books is by ordering through their website. Since the workers there don't give a shit about some of these names and don't know what they're shelving, there's a lot of great stuff that's extraordinarily cheap.

Those three books I mentioned? I could have easily paid $100-$150 bucks for them elsewhere....but I paid $21 including shipping.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 30 August 2020 17:42 (four weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

from the last two months

ebooks, mostly kindle daily deals
Tim Weiner - Legacy of Ashes
Rick Perlstein - Before the Storm
Sjowall & Wahloo - The Abominable Man
Vonnegut - Player Piano
Mark Dunn - Ella Minnow Pea
Emma Viskic - Resurrection Bay
Betty Edwards - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Gotham Writers' Workshop: Writing Fiction
Loren Eiseley - The Unexpected Universe
El Sandifer - Tardis Eruditorum Volume 8 kickstarter/preorder

physical, from
Angie Thomas - The Hate U Give
Margot Lee Shetterly - Hidden Figures
Sjowall & Wahloo - The Locked Room
Masako Togawa - The Lady Killer
Hesse - Steppenwolf
Chia-Chia Lin - The Unpassing

local library
Jason Lutes - Berlin

wasdnous (abanana), Friday, 18 September 2020 01:39 (one week ago) link

Hey book buyers, a few of us including JM and me have been doing this: can you fill in any of our Harvill Leopard gaps?

Current gaps / queries: 33, 76, 176, 196, 249, 284, 288, 289, 294, 298.

Tim, Friday, 18 September 2020 06:53 (one week ago) link

1491 Charles C Mann
I think I bought the UK version from 2006 cos it was cheaper. Hope I'm not going to find out that the more recent US 2nd edition is heavily updated or anything.
Couldn't see anything said anywhere.
Anyway attempt to revise supposed understanding of the Americas before Columbus as not having civilisations across it. Showing instead that people were thriving and 1492 was a point of disruption not 1491 or whatever it would be in the native calendar was just another year or at least one without a European influence.
Book hasn't arrived yet so looking forward to reading it. Bought partially because I was looking for equivalents to the below for the Americas and Africa.

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
Is a book that was recommended to me on a few webinars when I had mentioned native land stewardship after hearing presentations on Native American influence on their environment.
Interesting overview of what a settled population of aborigines had cultivated in terms of agriculture and aquaculture . & what early European explorers actually saw in the 19th century before European influence erased large parts of it.
Also what effect a mislabeling of aborigine culture has meant in terms of rights. A nomadic hunter gatherer society is still seen to have less right to traditional lands than a settled people so that is useful in a racist establishment's treatment of a displaced population.

Stevolende, Friday, 18 September 2020 07:28 (one week ago) link

Who is JM?

the pinefox, Sunday, 20 September 2020 11:11 (one week ago) link

I have bought, very cheap:

Diarmid Ferriter: A NATION NOT A RABBLE

the pinefox, Sunday, 20 September 2020 11:12 (one week ago) link

jM is me

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Sunday, 20 September 2020 11:45 (one week ago) link

So you and Tim H. have made that website that he linked to?

the pinefox, Sunday, 20 September 2020 14:07 (one week ago) link

Tim did all the work, I just contributed some data.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 21 September 2020 03:18 (six days ago) link

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