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 (twelve years ago) link

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

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


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

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

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

Move again? What?

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


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

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

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

Diderot on Art Vol. 1: The Salon of 1765

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

also homeless

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

catherine bush, claire's head

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

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

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

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

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

my recent finds (for the most part) skewing very much mid-twentieth century & english:

josephine tey - the franchise affair
elizabeth taylor - complete short stories
jocelyn brooke - the orchid trilogy
anthony powell - a dance to the music of time
william gerhardie - the polyglots

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 08:06 (two months ago) link

Dirk DeWachter: the art of buying unhappy

He’s awesome.

nathom, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 10:02 (two months ago) link

extremely late 19th century lately

- the portrait of a lady - h james
- sentimental education (in French!) - flaubert
- house of mirth (1905 ok, ok)

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 12:52 (two months ago) link

xpost Nice score on the Gerhardie, don't often see his books s/h (in the UK, anyway)

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 12:54 (two months ago) link

Broken Stars anthology
Lucia Berlin - A Manual for Cleaning Women
Arthur C. Clarke - The City and the Stars
Tomas Transtromer - The Great Enigma

I read some wonderful (translated) TT poems in a New Yorker essay, soon after he won the Nobel, and people who over here were saying Who is that man: he seemed like a true Transtromer, and thanks for reminding me to read some more.
Mean to finally catch up with The City and the Stars and Broken Stars too.
Berlin collection is one of my all-time-space fave raves: the way she places and shines a window between fiction and non-fiction, if there's any fiction in there at all---stuff I assumed she made up about her life turned out to be verified, but then again it's the telling, in any case. Coming from the way she experienced it: like she mentions the time and place out West frequented by her and a ripe bunch of other citizens (and others, maybe) of all ages, who would party all around bands that were like big ol' recombinant jukeboxes, reflecting the mix of the crowd, incl. moods and other tides--she never heard anything like the bands at this particular joint afterwards, until she got to New York and caught the Ornette Coleman Quartet.
Vachel Lindsay's poems seem better for performance than on the page, like a lot of Poe--VL was associated with the Chautauqua arts & entertainment circuit, I think--favorably mentioned by Allen Ginsberg, and good 'un by xpost Pere Ubu yeah.

dow, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:55 (two months ago) link

"Better for performance than on the page," but then again you can hear them as you read them.

dow, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:59 (two months ago) link

dow, were those kindle daily deals? i bought all those there.

wasdnuos (abanana), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:30 (two months ago) link

Bought Fitting Pieces to The Jigsaw the book on Dr Strangely Strange cos I found out I could get a further discount on Book depositary stuff a couple of weeks back. Heard about it in either teh Monthly mainstream rock mags or Ugly THings a coupl eo fmonths back.
Quite like Kip of the Serenes and probably oughta have Heavy petting.

bought Buddy Guy autobiography and a biography of Sam Phillips on sunday.

Got a copy of the Marquis de sade book a couple of weeks ago in a mass purchase from a local 2nd hand/remainder shop's anniversary sale.
alongside a book on the 85 ways to tie a tie by Thoams Fink & Yong Mao
Cowboys & Indies the book on record companies by Gareth Murphy
The Vatican cellars by Andre Gide
The Big Oyster A Molluscular History of New York by Mark Kurlansky

Stevolende, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 22:10 (two months ago) link

THat is the Grove Press version of Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom and other Writings to be specific

Stevolende, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 22:20 (two months ago) link

dow, were those kindle daily deals? i bought all those there.
No, these are the only kindle books I have (via free app on my laptop, but after using it for work I can't stand to read for pleasure on a screen, turns out):

Shots From The Hip: Notes From the Counterculture by Charles Shaar Murray (got it after reading interviews etc in mark s anthology A Hidden Landscape Once a Week: The Unruly Curiosity of the UK Music Press in the 1960s-80s, In the Words of Those Who Were There).
Atomsk by Carmichael (AKA Cordwainer) Smith (early Cold War thriller).
Sleep Donation by Karen Smith (contemporary speculative etc fiction; she's one of my favorites).

These are all ebook-only, apparently, so I hope I'll get to where I can stand to read for pleasure on a screen.

dow, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:38 (two months ago) link

Maybe try an actual Kindle. I find the reading experience more pleasant than a laptop or tablet screen.

o. nate, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 14:53 (two months ago) link

Seems that an actual Kindle, with a smaller screen, might be--different, for better or worse---which version of it do you like?

dow, Thursday, 7 November 2019 01:47 (two months ago) link

I guess a smaller device would be handier, and maybe more personal, since you could take it around---?

dow, Thursday, 7 November 2019 01:48 (two months ago) link

Kindle you can slip in a lot of jacket pockets

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:01 (two months ago) link

I've only used an older version of Kindle, but I don't think the screens have changed too much. It's a different experience and I find it less fatiguing to read an e-ink screen than a regular screen. It's that aspect I like more than the size.

o. nate, Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:36 (two months ago) link

Yes. As well as less possibility of distraction from Intranetz/ILX/email checking etc. Also I have a lot of stuff on there after all these years so the ability to search everything on the device is useful.

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:57 (two months ago) link

Highly recommend the old, smaller kindle oasis if you can find a cheap one on eBay or wherever. It’s very light, has a great screen and BUTTONS, plus it displays bootlegged epubs quite nicely. I use it to read bootlegs of the paper books I’m reading in bed, so I can read in the dark after my partner’s gone to sleep.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 7 November 2019 03:40 (two months ago) link


eric thacker/anthony earnshaw - musrum/wintersol
alan burns - europe after the rain (old school calder pb edition for $3!)

re gerhardi(e) availability: i guess there must have been a vogue for his work in nz at some point since i've found his stuff in all three of the secondhand places i tend to patronise... granted it's always the same few works in each case (though one currently does have his history of the romanovs & the pop psych book he co-authored in the thirties)

no lime tangier, Friday, 8 November 2019 04:16 (two months ago) link

Anyone read dopesick? Tempted.

nathom, Friday, 8 November 2019 08:45 (two months ago) link

Yesterday I bought a copy of ULYSSES: THE CORRECTED TEXT which is no longer easy to obtain ... for £1.90!

Best book bargain I've found in years.

the pinefox, Friday, 8 November 2019 09:44 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

futurist manifestos
cendrars - selected writings
jarry - the supermale/selected works

no lime tangier, Sunday, 8 December 2019 06:50 (one month ago) link


the pinefox, Monday, 9 December 2019 12:39 (one month ago) link

I haven't posted on this thread for months. These are some of my newcomers, all purchased used:

A Book of Common Prayer, Joan Didion, hardcover Book Club edition, $1.
Amnesia Moon, Jonathan Lethem, trade paperback, $1.
The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann, translator: Woods, hardcover ex libris in Everyman's edition, $1.
A Coffin for Demetrios, Eric Ambler, trade paperback, $2.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 03:21 (one month ago) link

I've read the first two!

the pinefox, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 09:34 (one month ago) link

Amnesia Moon is my favorite Lethem novel, not counting the Omega the Unknown comic.

last few months
Agatha Christie - An Autobiography
Plato - Five Dialogues
The Song of Roland

Arthur C. Clarke - The Collected Stories of
Friedrich - City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s

wasdnuos (abanana), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 10:44 (one month ago) link

Last few months:

Anna Kavan - Sleep has his House
Pierre Michon - Small Lives
The Ruba'iyta of Omar Khayyam
Elena Ferrante - Troubling Love
Thomas Bernhard - On the Mountain

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 17:01 (one month ago) link

Trauma and Memory
The body keeps the score

Wqnt to process 2019 aka shit year

nathom, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 17:07 (one month ago) link

Is there a 'best' english translation of the Rubaiyat? I've heard the FitzGerald version is very loose.

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 18 December 2019 17:30 (one month ago) link

Tristan Gooley wild signs and star paths.
Though would probably have got another copy of the Walkers guide by him cos I think it would have been more immediate to the reader it was meant for. Might keep this and give her something else now that I started it. Will see if FOPP have any of his.

Finton O'toole heroic failure.
Irish political writers book on Brexit and the mentality behind it. Thought I'd see if he could make any more sense of it.
This was from last year so far from up to date. He's started off talking about bits being extremely arrogant when people were originally trying to set up the common market in ghe early 60s. Being totally dismissive of the project etc.
Well might make some sense as background.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 23:31 (one month ago) link

machines in the head: selected short writing of anna kavan
medea's charms: selected shorter writing of ithell colquhoun

no lime tangier, Thursday, 19 December 2019 01:21 (one month ago) link

The FitzGerald is very loose, but having read Borges wonderful essay on it, I'm OK with it being the version I have.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 19 December 2019 04:01 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

After publically stating on ILB my New Year resolution to read more books than I buy in 2020, today I bought copies of:

Maigret in Montmartre, Georges Simenon, used mass market paperback, $1.
The Bachelors, Muriel Spark, used trade paperback, $2.
An Unsuitable Attachment, Barbara Pym, used mass market paperback, $1.

Books I have finished so far in 2020: zero.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 3 January 2020 04:52 (two weeks ago) link

Not a good or worthy resolution tbh.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Friday, 3 January 2020 04:53 (two weeks ago) link

Just buy the books that’s half the fun

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Friday, 3 January 2020 04:54 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (four days ago) link

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

nathom, Sunday, 19 January 2020 23:58 (four days 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 (yesterday) link

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