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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

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


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

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

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

Move again? What?

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


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

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

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

Diderot on Art Vol. 1: The Salon of 1765

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

also homeless

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

catherine bush, claire's head

derrrick, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 08:34 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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

I have bought, very cheap:

Diarmid Ferriter: A NATION NOT A RABBLE

the pinefox, Sunday, 20 September 2020 11:12 (six months ago) link

jM is me

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

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

the pinefox, Sunday, 20 September 2020 14:07 (six months ago) link

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

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

two weeks pass...

I am Damo Suzuki
which was 1/2 price on Book Depository yesterday.
I've been meaning to buy it since it came out.

Stevolende, Friday, 9 October 2020 19:45 (six months ago) link

I did a curbside pickup of three used books from my local Friends of Library bookstore and I ordered a used book from a Goodwill in Colorado, via Amazon. All are paperbacks, hopefully in readable condition.

The Fish Can Sing, Halldor Laxness, $6.30.
Living, Loving, Party Going, Henry Green, $3.
Crampton Hodnet: A Novel, Barbara Pym, $2.
Civil to Strangers, Barbara Pym (stories), $2.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Friday, 16 October 2020 01:46 (six months ago) link

I heartily recommend bookfinder for all used book purchases.

Also, I might have mentioned it above, but there are loads of rare and inaccurately priced books in the Powell's warehouses, searching their site is clunky but one can find some deals.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 16 October 2020 02:41 (six months ago) link

just for informational purposes, is owned by Amazon.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Friday, 16 October 2020 17:13 (six months ago) link

As is every single worthwhile used book emporium online.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 16 October 2020 17:35 (six months ago) link

It's also one of the best ways to get money into the hands of small booksellers. If people don't want to use it because the site infrastructure is owned by Amazon, that's fine, but pretty shitty praxis

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 16 October 2020 17:36 (six months ago) link

when I can deal directly with a local used bookstore, that seems far preferable to using a service where Amazon gets a cut. when I can't deal direct, I am content to buy used from small bookshops nationwide through Amazon's online services.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:02 (six months ago) link

Oh, it's just that all the stores in Philly are shit, and so to get decent used books I need to go to a different state or order online. If you live in a place with a good used bookstore that's still open, more power to you.

If I lived in Northampton or New Haven, I'd be at Grey Matter every goddamn day.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 16 October 2020 20:09 (six months ago) link

Just as a side note, are other country's Amazons, the US aside, as shitty as the Australian one? I rarely buy from them unless there's no other choice but they are also routinely more expensive than other online shops and books even from major publishers (Penguin Random House etc) are frequently "available in 1-2 months", which seems fairly much bullshit. Plus they had Prime Day and the "amazing deals" were things like infinitesimally cheaper Wordsworth Classics and $5 remaindered sticker books.

Bookfinder is also not great here, as it'll tell you a book will cost you, say $15 Australian and when you actually click through it's routinely several dollars more.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Saturday, 17 October 2020 06:13 (six months ago) link

Basically, how did this empire of crap deals and non-availability conquer the world.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Saturday, 17 October 2020 06:14 (six months ago) link

Acquisitions! Amazon purchased Abe in 2008, and the latter had purchased bookfinder a few years prior to that. Bookfinder does work well here in the states, not sure why it wouldn't work well elsewhere.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Saturday, 17 October 2020 12:01 (six months ago) link

around a third of the internet runs on amazon web services. no ethical consumption under capitalism.

wasdnous (abanana), Saturday, 17 October 2020 13:40 (six months ago) link

Do wish Book Depositary wasn't them.
Cos it does seem to get most things reasonably cheaply and free p+p .
So then could escape guilt of buying from Amazon, like.

Stevolende, Saturday, 17 October 2020 13:44 (six months ago) link

But the point is that a lot of times on Bookfinder you're not actually buying from Amazon! You're buying from small booksellers and shops who lost through Abe, and who rely on that income to keep their businesses afloat. Of course it sucks, but if Abe and Bookfinder didn't exist, half the booksellers in the US would go out of business tomorrow.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Saturday, 17 October 2020 16:33 (six months ago) link

G.K. Chesterton - The Best of Father Brown
Adelbert Von Chamisso - Peter Schlemihl
William Shakespeare - Hamlet
Ann Quin - The Unmapped Country
G.K. Chesterton - Robert Browning
Junichiro Tanizaki - The Makioka Sisters
The Metaphysical Poems (selected and ed. Helen Gardner)

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 17 October 2020 21:40 (six months ago) link

another bookoutlet haul. I'm on a 20th century history kick.

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
How Democracies Die

wasdnous (abanana), Sunday, 18 October 2020 13:19 (six months ago) link

I dipped into my local Friends of Library charity used bookshop once again, mostly looking for innocuous, but acceptable, non-fiction distractions. I never have a sufficient supply of moderately interesting non-fic on hand. I came up with:

The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life, Alan de Queiroz, hardcover, $3.

Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics, George Johnson, harcover, ex-libris, $2.

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, Michael Ruhlman, hardcover, $3.

The Doctor is Sick, Anthony Burgess, trade paperback, $2.

The Stories of Muriel Spark, hardcover, $2.

I also ordered through Amazon: Worlds of Exile and Illusion: Three Complete Novels of the Hainish Series in One Volume--Rocannon's World; Planet of Exile; City of Illusions, Ursula K. LeGuin, new trade paperback, $12.50.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 26 October 2020 03:12 (five months ago) link

The World's War by David Olusoga
turned up reduced in the main Easons in town a couple of days after I sawa webinar on colonial troops in the first world war . Assume it must just be coincidence cos webinar can't have been known about and book was 2014. Poppy day is November init.
NOt got very far into it so far but looks like it should be interesting and have enjoyed other things by Olusoga.

Bop Apocalypse Martin Trogoff
Seen this around for a while, wanted to grab something from the local 2nd hand/remainder bookshop before it closed down for lockdown.
It's about drugs, beats and bebop so should be good.
Read the introduction and possibly first chapter seems to start good anyway.

JOhn Keegan The American Civil War
was 1Eur in a charity shop and I want to read a book on th ewar. This is by a military historian who is respected for other books he's written. haven't read it yet. hope its ok, may need to look at Shelby Foote or soemthing.

Gideon Rachman Zero Sum World.
Overview of the last few years might be interesting another 1Euro book fro charity shop.

The Penguin Guide to 20th Century protest
anthology of entries fro across the 20th century on the subject of protest

Stevolende, Monday, 26 October 2020 13:15 (five months ago) link

don't look at Shelby Foote

all cats are beautiful (silby), Friday, 6 November 2020 16:17 (five months ago) link

Foote's massive history is very good and comprehensive in terms of the factual narrative and it covers even the more obscure and remote battles in the west, but he very definitely was captured by the romantic mirage of 'the gallant South's glory and heroism in the face of long odds'. If you read him, you'll have to constantly filter out the rosy glow of admiration he casts over such reprobates as Nathan Bedford Forrest and Stonewall Jackson.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Friday, 6 November 2020 16:52 (five months ago) link

right, probably not going to be looking at that in a while. Who's good then?
I just remember him as being the guy behind the tv thing I watched a couple of decades ago.

Not sure how much detail I really want to know anyway. Would just like to know a bit more about it since its a war I've semi known about for years and i like the clothing from the time.

Stevolende, Friday, 6 November 2020 17:02 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Art the Ultimate Visual Guide
coffee table overview of Art over about a millenium. NOt sure how good it is as a canonical work but I think I might learn a thing or 2 fro it. I missed the same book in the same charity shop a couple of years ago cos I thought it would probably still be there if I went off to get cash to pay for it so had been hoping to get a copy ever since.
NOw got it so I can like totallyu neglect it

Grim Humour HIghlights and Lowlights 1983-87
anthology of a Herne Bay based fanzine fro the mid 80s that I knew some of the people involved in. I thought i was given a dedication to in the edition i had a copy of from the time, now not so sure.
Anyway quite nice to have the collected editions

Stevolende, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 12:59 (four months ago) link

who's good then? I've heard good things about James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom, which is in the Oxford History of the United States series and won the Pulitzer--skimmed it at library and saw lots and lots of footnotes, so whatever he says, whatever his take or attitude, he's got plenty of back-up at least.
From publisher's description:
Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War.

James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox. Packed with drama and analytical insight, the book vividly recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the Civil War--the Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry--and then moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itself--the battles, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, and the personalities. Particularly notable are McPherson's new views on such matters as the slavery expansion issue in the 1850s, the origins of the Republican Party, the causes of secession, internal dissent and anti-war opposition in the North and the South, and the reasons for the Union's victory.

The book's title refers to the sentiments that informed both the Northern and Southern views of the conflict: the South seceded in the name of that freedom of self-determination and self-government for which their fathers had fought in 1776, while the North stood fast in defense of the Union founded by those fathers as the bulwark of American liberty. Eventually, the North had to grapple with the underlying cause of the war--slavery--and adopt a policy of emancipation as a second war aim. This "new birth of freedom," as Lincoln called it, constitutes the proudest legacy of America's bloodiest conflict.

This authoritative volume makes sense of that vast and confusing "second American Revolution" we call the Civil War, a war that transformed a nation and expanded our heritage of liberty. First published in '03, so affordable second-hand copies should be around.

dow, Thursday, 3 December 2020 00:21 (four months ago) link

Glen Sweeneys Alchemies
Book on the Third Ear Band taht I grabbed from Reccommended.
Having troble connecting with an account i had there f0or years.,
But this looks good.

Meet Me in the Bathroom
Book on New York based music in the early 21st century. THought I'd grab it when I saw it.
Think people were saying it was good when it came out.

Stevolende, Friday, 11 December 2020 11:44 (four months ago) link

wow, gonna have to get a copy of the 3eb book if only for the accompanying cd of pre-macbeth tracks!

recently picked up 4 of the sjöwall/wahlöö martin beck novels + 9 x simenon green penguins

no lime tangier, Friday, 11 December 2020 12:06 (four months ago) link

Hadn't heard of the Simenon (or any other) Green Penguins, what'd you get?

dow, Saturday, 12 December 2020 02:01 (four months ago) link

all maigret's excepting the last:

m mystified
my friend m
m meets a milord
m at the cross roads
m in court
m's memoirs
m & the burglar's wife
to any lengths
the hatter's ghosts

a couple are the old school horizontal banded ones, the rest from the slighty more exciting early to mid sixties period, for example... i notice one even uses a chris marker photographic collage.

no lime tangier, Saturday, 12 December 2020 04:46 (four months ago) link

Wowwww---did you make that image of so many covers? Amazing to magnify of course, but even not (would make a great book/album cover in itself). Being near-sided as hell, haven't quite made out all the author names yet; who else is here besides Simenon? And which one uses the Marker collage? Thanks!

dow, Saturday, 12 December 2020 17:22 (four months ago) link

Or are they all Simenons? Can't quite see about ones w Death and etc. in titles.

dow, Saturday, 12 December 2020 17:24 (four months ago) link

second imgage stolen from here & the marker cover

no lime tangier, Saturday, 12 December 2020 22:52 (four months ago) link

image^ that is. also a little maigret/penguin history available here:

no lime tangier, Saturday, 12 December 2020 22:54 (four months ago) link

Thanks so much for all of that! Especially glad to see this from trussel:
Penguin embarked in 2013 on 75 new translations. It is issuing all the Maigrets, after an opening flurry, at about one a month, in as good a match as can be made to the order in which they were first published. By late 2018, either in paperback B format or as e-books, Simenon’s sometimes obsessional English readers will at last be able to run through the whole of Maigret in one edition.

Meanwhile, we hope that this brief guide to the more complicated past of one of Penguin’s best bestsellers will help readers as well as collectors and conservators to find that elusive missing Maigret.

dow, Sunday, 13 December 2020 00:38 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

There was a 'flash sale' at NYRB Publishing not long after Thanksgiving and I ordered four titles (getting 40% off, too). They arrived today:

Chess Story, Stefan Zweig, paperback, $8.97
A Journey Round My Skull, Frigyes Karinthy, paperback, $10.77
Hindoo Holiday, J.R. Ackerley paperback, $11.37
The True Deceiver, Tove Jansson, paperback, $9.57

Respectfully Yours, (Aimless), Sunday, 3 January 2021 00:11 (three months ago) link

Everything I bought in 2020. Mostly ebooks and audiobooks on sale, but also a lot of remaindered books. Audiobooks labeled with (a). ! = I read it in 2020.


Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Fooled by Randomness
N*** S***** - The signal and the noise
Loren Eiseley - The Unexpected Universe
LE Fisher - The Night Country

Randy Shilts - And the band played on
Jane Mayer - Dark Money
Kurt Andersen - Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire
Leonard Zeskind - Blood and Politics
Steven Levitsky - How Democracies Die
Douglas A. Blackmon - Slavery by Another Name
Nancy MacLean - Democracy in Chains
Adam Higginbotham - Midnight in Chernobyl
Seumas Milne - The Enemy Within
George Packer - The Unwinding
Jill Lepore - These Truths (a)
!Hongoltz-Hetling - A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear (a)
Richard J. Evans - Lying about Hitler
Richard J. Evans - The Pursuit of Power
Rick Perlstein - Before the Storm
Tim Weiner - Legacy of Ashes

writing/author bio
Caroline Fraser - Prairie Fires
Gotham Writers' Workshop - Writing Fiction
Robert Mckee - Dialogue
Terry Eagleton - Literary Theory: An Introduction
Frank Conroy - Stop-Time
William Goldman - Adventures in the Screen Trade

other media
Tat Wood - About Time 8
Nicholas Pegg - The Complete David Bowie
!Richard Ayoade - Ayoade on Top (a)
Joe Hagan - Sticky Fingers (a)
Betty Edwards - Drawing on the Right side of the brain

Jon Ronson - So you've been publicly shamed (a)
John Rawles - A Theory of Justice
Errol Morris - The Ashtray
Maria Tumarkin - Axiomatic


mystery and crime
Masako Togawa - The Master Key
Boileau - She who was no more
Martin Holmen - Clinch
Emma Viskic - Resurrection Bay
Masako Togawa - The Lady Killer
Sjowall & Wahloo - The Abominable Man
Sjowall & Wahloo - The Locked Room
Tana French - In the Woods
!Helen Eustis - The Horizontal Man (a)
Antal Szerb - The Pendragon Legend

Vonnegut - Mother Night
Vonnegut - Player Piano
Yoko Ogawa - Memory Police
JD Vinge - The Snow Queen
Melissa Scott - 5/12ths of Heaven
Nina Allan - The Rift
Joe Haldeman - Collected Stories
Charlie Jane Anders - The city in the middle of the night
Charles Stross - Accelerando
Various - Big Book of Classic Fantasy
Various - Big Book of Modern Fantasy

Martin Amis - Money
Scott Hawkins - The Library at Mount Char
Miriam Toewes - Women Talking
John Updike - The Early Stories
Andrew Sean Greer - Less
!Raphael Bob-Waksberg - Someone who will love you in all your damaged glory (a)
Olga Tokarczuk - Drive your plow etc.
Ishmael Reed - Mumbo Jumbo
Andrei Bely - Petersburg
Moshfegh - My year of rest and relaxation
Patrick Suskind - Perfume
Malinda Lo - Adaptation
Malinda Lo - Inheritance
Mark Dunn - Ella Minnow Pea
Rebecca Makkai - The Great Believers
Raymond Carver - What we talk about when we talk about love
Katherine Anne Porter - Collected Stories and other writings
Cormac Mccarthy - Blood Meridian
Herbert Zbigniew - Collected Poems 1956-1998
WG Sebald - Austerlitz
!Saunders - The brief and frightening reign of phil
Angie Thomas - The hate u give
Hesse - Steppenwolf
Chia-Chia Lin - The Unpassing
Roddy Doyle - Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
Kim Thuy - Vi

GG - I'm Not Here
!Junji Ito - Uzumaki
Satoshi Kon - Opus
various - Choke Gasp! Best of EC Comics
Guy Delisle - Hostage
!Gene Luen Yang - American Born Chinese
Clowes - David Boring
various - Graphic Witness
Richard McGuire - Here

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 3 January 2021 00:46 (three months ago) link

Aimless, those four are all brilliant books

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Sunday, 3 January 2021 01:25 (three months ago) link

Chess Story would a good candidate for “best thing I’ve ever read” if saying such a thing were meaningful or true in any way

is right unfortunately (silby), Sunday, 3 January 2021 02:06 (three months ago) link

i have the true deceiver and intend to read it again because i know i read it and liked it but as usual forgot everything about it. i will put the chess story on my list.

superdeep borehole (harbl), Sunday, 3 January 2021 02:18 (three months ago) link

Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson

not started it yet but looked like something I needed to grab.

wish I'd realised the same thing with a book on Tommy Johnson I saw. Not sure why I didn't get it anyway.
If it's still around it may be quite a while before the shop reopens

Not sure what else I have grabbed recent;y a[art from a new edition of Ugly THings which will hopefully appear tomorrow. May have some more book stuff coming in the mail but delivery seemed to be a bit delayed over week after xmas.

Stevolende, Sunday, 3 January 2021 10:21 (three months ago) link

if Xmas gifts count, which would be more acquired than purchased.
I finally got a copy of Italianprog the encyclopaedia of Italian prog bands of the early 70s etc by Augusto Croce.
Have wanted a copy for a while.
So just came through the mail as a Xmas or birthday present yesterday.
Looks interesting, haven't had a chance to give it a thorough look.
One thing that I would think was an improvement would be a translation of the bandnames, don't think everybody interested in the music is going to be fluent in Italian. I know I'm not. did a year of it at University but that wasa while back.

Did just get a new Ugly Things too which seems to be as good as ever.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 10:43 (three months ago) link

Purchased a few older/used ones recently:

- Jean Day, Linear C
- Danielle Collobert, Murder and It Then. If I like these enough, I'll do some more digging.

The return of our beloved potatoes (the table is the table), Sunday, 17 January 2021 22:48 (three months ago) link

Got a copy of Lucian's a True History with Beardsley illustrations or at least ordered one. Hoping mail will start clearing a bit better seems to be a bit delayed so far.

Stevolende, Monday, 18 January 2021 10:12 (three months ago) link

Noise is For Heroes vol 1 Steven H Gardner
1st volume of compiled fanzines by Steven Gardner a Californian writer who is also doing a 4 volume series on punk rock.
JUst read about this in Ugly tHings and it sounds pretty necessary.
Want to get the first couple of volumes of the Punk history too

Stevolende, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 14:34 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Mixture of tokens for online pucrchses with the last item as the first visit to the local Oxfam in 4 months.

Joao Cabral de Melo Neto - Education by Stone (Selected Poetry)
Giuseppe Ungaretti - Allegria
Euripides - Grief Lessons: Four Plays (tr. Anne Carson)
Juan Carlos Onetti - Complete Short Stories
Various - The Tragic History of the Sea
Daša Drndić - E.E.G.
George Eliot - Middlemarch

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 17 April 2021 13:47 (two days ago) link

the drndic is incredible

dogs, Saturday, 17 April 2021 16:33 (two days ago) link

More info please!

dow, Saturday, 17 April 2021 18:06 (two days ago) link

bought like loads recently.
Toni Morrison Mouthful of Blood (Known elsewhere as The Source of Self Regard) a collection of various writings by black writer on a number of topics.

An Indigenous People's History Of United States Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz one of several histories of the US in the Penguin Revisioning history of US series. I want to get a few of the others, her husband's one on Black/LatinX probably the first.

Muse, Odalisque, Handmaiden Rose Simpson
ISB member's memoir

The Lies That Bind Kwame Anthony Appiah
Book on identity

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? MUmia Abu-Jamal
Not sure what I've read by him before and I used to get asked to play him.
A selection of short pieces covering a couple of decades and showing how very similar situations keep repeating in killings etc of black people. or at least his reports seem to have bee repeated since, hitting the news a lot right now but I think a constant.

Stevolende, Sunday, 18 April 2021 07:51 (yesterday) link

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