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

The Machado book is great, and she's a lovely human

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 27 April 2019 15:49 (two months ago) link


don't mock my smock or i'll clean your clock (silby), Saturday, 27 April 2019 15:51 (two months ago) link

Hi. I'm trying to wean myself off Facebook and start posting here again.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:48 (two months ago) link

I work at a university now so have professor borrowing privileges at the library, but still buy a lot of books. Recent purchases:
- Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
- Grenade in Mouth by Miyo Vestrini (trans. Anne Boyer and Cassandra Gillig)
- a collection of Said essays
- Pet Sounds by Stephanie Young

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:51 (two months ago) link

The TatumO'Neal bio. I want to know how much of qn asshole her dad was/is.

nathom, Sunday, 28 April 2019 06:42 (two months ago) link

Today I bought:

Before the Storm, Rick Perlstein's Barry Goldwater book, used paper back, good condition, $2. This will probably be the next book I read.

Burr, Gore Vidal, used mass market paperback, fifty cents. Last read this two decades ago. I'll probably revisit it before 2020.

Salute to Adventurers, John Buchan, used hardcover, a 1949 reprint of a 1915 novel, $1. Buchan was an originator of the modern espionage novel. This might be good. Who knows?

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 12 May 2019 03:59 (two months ago) link

Simon Schama The Story of the Jews
Looked interesting and goes from ancient history 10000 BC to renaissance 1492. Not read it yet so assuming must be some connection to significance of that date or is it when the Spanish king expelled everybody of the faith.

Max Tegmak Our Mathematical Universe
I enjoyed Alex Bellos Alex In Numberland enough to pick up its sequel.
& I think this is similar from a different author so perspective also a little changed.

Fuzzy Thinking Bart Kozko
Book on fuzzy logic which I have been wanting to read about since reading about Lotfi Zadeh in George Lakoff's book on categories years ago.

Stevolende, Sunday, 12 May 2019 08:02 (two months ago) link

xpost: not sure i've even heard of that buchan before, looks to be an historical work rather than his more usual fare?

some 2nd hand finds:

ed sanders - peace eye
bs johnson - travelling people
tom phillips - a humument: a treated victorian novel

no lime tangier, Sunday, 12 May 2019 08:02 (two months ago) link

Glam the Performance of Style edited by Darren Pih
collection of essays tied in to an exhibition in Liverpool.Interesting philosophical/sociological stuff. I like Glamn so have several books on aspects of it.

Black Power Revolt edited by Floyd B.Barbour
1968 set of essays on Black Power. looks to be in pretty good state for something I picked up for €1 in a charity shop. So thought it might be a reprint but it only says 1968 in the front.

Stevolende, Sunday, 12 May 2019 08:53 (two months ago) link

Was introduced to the fab secondhand Bookmongers in Brixton yesterday - I wish I could have carried more back up with me:

Diaries and Letters 1939-1945 - Harold Nicolson (hardcopy £6)
Diaries and Letters 1945-1962 - Harold Nicolson (hardcopy £6)
Edited diaries and the odd letter of diplomat and MP Harold Nicolson (husband of Vita Sackville-West).

I didn't realise that there was a 1930-1939 volume but I suppose it has been more exciting to jump straight into the War years. Nearly halfway through the first - it's mainly been interesting stuff on the day-to-day British understanding of the war as it developed - offering insight on the average person and of one slightly more in the know (but only slightly). The footnotes (by his son, Nigel) do a great job of explaining what in reality was happening at various points in time compared to what the public/backbenchers thought was happening.

The Fight - Norman Mailer (hardcopy £4)
Covering "The Rumble in the Jungle" which I don't know much about. I don't care that much for watching boxing but I've found myself often stuck in boxing history wikiholes so I'm looking forward to this.

Italian Cinema - Mary P. Wood (paperback £6)
Figured I would immerse myself a bit more after falling heavily in the last few months for Antonioni and Fellini.

Movies and Methods (vol. 1) - Edited by Bill Nichols (paperback £4)
Appears to be a varied collection of essays on film theory and criticism worth a flick through.

Pursued by Furies: A Life of Malcolm Lowry - Gordon Bowker (paperback £4)
Seems pretty weighty for a two book author but I really loved the Kenneth Macmillan biog I read recently and this seems in a similar vein.

fancy the Dirkishness of carrying Doré a round (fionnland), Sunday, 12 May 2019 14:07 (two months ago) link

Was introduced to the fab secondhand Bookmongers in Brixton yesterday

ah my local!

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 21:17 (two months ago) link

Sheridan Le Fanu In A Glass Darkly
I read some of his stuff about 10 years ago. Enjoyed it but I think never finished all of it. This turned up in a charity shop today so thought I'd get some more.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 21:26 (two months ago) link

Reading In A Glass Darkly for me was like being in a Calvino novel. The first copy I bought was the OUP edition, and it was misbound, with 48p missing and 48 repeated. Desperate to keep reading, the only other copy i could quickly buy was a cheapo Wordsworth Classic edition, which was so full of OCR errors that it was unreadable. So I had to buy a THIRD copy, which was included in this vast and unwieldy omnibus of Irish ghost stories, but at least I could finish it.

It was good, though.

ha, my oxford world's classic edition suddenly turns into walden... which was somewhat jarring!

no lime tangier, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 04:14 (two months ago) link

"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" - Mohsin Hamid
"Dino" - Nick Tosches
"The Chapo Guide to Revolution"

. (Michael B), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 08:00 (two months ago) link

Le Fanu is the Wordsworth edition, not looked at it much yet. So not seen the errors.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:36 (two months ago) link

purchased over the last two months (have to boot into windows specially to download these)


koogs, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:50 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

1st hand: Pasternak, Rilke, Tsvetaeva - Letters: Summer 1926

2nd hand: Machado De Assis - Quincas Borba
Osip Mandesltam - Selected (tr. David McDuff)
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o - Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Landscape in African Literature
Abdellaf Laabi - The Bottom of the Jar
Jose Saramago - Blindness
Kingsley Amis - Ending Up
Yuko Tsushima - Territory of Light

xyzzzz__, Friday, 31 May 2019 20:47 (one month ago) link

A history of Immediate Records from a charity shop.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 3 June 2019 10:35 (one month ago) link

The Jorma Kaukonen memoir Been So Long which I'm waiting to arrive.

A DK book on nutrition

Stevolende, Monday, 3 June 2019 11:06 (one month ago) link

The Jorma Kaukonen memoir Been So Long which I'm waiting to arrive.

Cool. I love the blues!

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 June 2019 11:35 (one month ago) link

I'm reorganising my books, which is causing stuff to pop up i forgot i had and never looked at*: for example the 200 best novels in english since 1950, carmen callil and colm tóibín (1999)

*maybe this shd be a different thread tho

mark s, Monday, 3 June 2019 11:40 (one month ago) link

copped a first edition of Tough Trip Through Paradise

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 June 2019 15:19 (one month ago) link


57mg/20floz, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 05:26 (one month ago) link

What books have you purchased lately? What books HAVEN'T I purchased lately? Help me.

I only read 2 books last month, but I bought all of these:

tree books
Matsumoto, Masahiko - Cigarette Girl
Mossfegh - Eileen
Harper Lee - Go Set a Watchman

Broken Stars anthology
Lucia Berlin - A Manual for Cleaning Women
Arthur C. Clarke - The City and the Stars
Tomas Transtromer - The Great Enigma
a humble bundle that had a particle physics textbook in it that looked interesting

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
Alec Nevala-Lee - Astounding

i have an ikea bookcase filled with unread books.

adam the (abanana), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 07:15 (one month ago) link

Short intro to zee Fwench Revolution

nathom, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 07:25 (one month ago) link

spent an hour or so at the annual 24 hr booksale here & walked away with the following for a grand total of $15:

e.r. eddison - the worm ouroboros
charles maturin - melmoth the wanderer
diderot - jacques the fatalist
diderot - rameau's nephew/d'alembert's dream
christina stead - seven poor men of sydney
marina warner - monuments and maidens
alex callinicos - against postmodernism: a marxist critique
jack murray - landscapes of alienation: ideological subversion in kafka, celine, & onetti
julian symons - makers of the new: the revolution in literature 1912-1939
wyndham lewis - the essential wyndham lewis
d.h. lawrence - studies in classic american literature
roger shattuck - the banquet years: origins of the avant-garde in france
philippe jullian - dreamers of decadence: symbolist painters of the 1890s
john ashbery - reported sightings: art chronicles 1957-1987
mario bussagli - bosch: life & works

no lime tangier, Friday, 7 June 2019 12:00 (one month ago) link

all book covers really are the same now

omar little, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 16:38 (one month ago) link


TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 18 June 2019 17:14 (one month ago) link

Roadside Picnic. It’s fantastic.

nathom, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 20:59 (one month ago) link

Jonathan Lethem, Dissident Gardens ($5, hardcover)

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 17:06 (three weeks ago) link

the other day I picked up a copy of The Westing Game because I somehow don't have one right now and then I saw Sheila Heti's Motherhood is out in paperback now so I got that too.

don't mock my smock or i'll clean your clock (silby), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 17:12 (three weeks ago) link

I've got a copy of Peter Higgins' Wolfhound Empire coming in the mail today, psyched to revisit it.

Vasily Grossman's Stalingrad is en route, though I'm annoyed at how reviews keep referring to it (written before Life and Fate) as a "prequel".

omar little, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 17:14 (three weeks ago) link

A couple of cheap used bookstore purchases:

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963, Taylor Branch, a paperback in like new condition, $4. Some 900+ pages of stirring, inspiring, infuriating history. It's ground that needs to be visited and revisited until we get it right.

The Ten Thousand Things, Maria Dermout, a NYRB Classic paperback in like new condition, $3. I generally trust NYRB to print things I want to read. The title reference to the Tao-Teh-Ch'ing helps to coax my interest, too.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 23:47 (three weeks ago) link

Got Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s (Bojack Horseman creator) book of short stories, gonna crack it over the July 4th weekend

old cloud yells at man (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 23:50 (three weeks ago) link

Wolfhound Empire is wonderful. I just finished his latest book, Dragon Heart, which sadly was just ooooookay.

An early hardcover copy of Colonel Sun, Kingsley Amis's Bond novel, $2

adam the (abanana), Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:38 (three weeks ago) link

2nd hand finds:

Wolfgang Hilbig - The Tidings of the Trees
Horacio Castellanos Moya - Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in El Salvador
Border Districts - Gerald Murnane
Yasunari Kawabata - Thousand Cranes
Yasunari Kawabata - The Old Capital (both of these Kawabata's are in the classic Tuttle covers)
Ovid - Metamorpheses (tr. Arthur Golding)

xyzzzz__, Friday, 5 July 2019 15:58 (two weeks ago) link

Fuck me, that's a good haul

Love Kawabata. Often unfairly overshadowed by his deranged protegé.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 8 July 2019 10:12 (one week ago) link

Amy Schumer The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo, was €1 in a charity shop so I thought it might be worth a shot.

The Body Shop book same price same charity shop. 70s or 80s healthy advice stuff thought it might be some good.

Stevolende, Monday, 8 July 2019 18:24 (one week ago) link

Christopher Hitchens Arguably
Compilation of various short pieces

THe treasured THangkas in Yonghegong Palace
a book with reproductions of a load of buddhist i9mages from Tibet. Some of it is quit ebeautiful but it is a bit small since it is an A4 book and i Assume the original images are much much bigger.

A History of Irish Thought Thomas Duddy.
book by a NUIG Philosophy lecturer who I was taught by. I think I may have already gtot a copy of this when it first came out but it appeared for €1 in a charity shop.

got a few other bits and pieces over the last few weeks too.

Stevolende, Monday, 8 July 2019 18:45 (one week ago) link

Not a purchase per se, but for xmas last year I was lucky to receive a Galley Beggar annual subscription. Their first book of the year arrived yesterday: "Ducks, Newburyport" by Lucy Ellmann. It seems to have some long sentences in it. I am thinking in particular of the sentence that runs from page twelve to page nine hundred and ninety eight, the others (found on pages eleven and twelve) seem less unusual in their length.

I am looking forward it and feeling daunted by it in roughly equal measure.

Tim, Thursday, 11 July 2019 06:41 (one week ago) link

not long enough

mark s, Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:40 (one week ago) link

…preordered (out in September in USA)

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Thursday, 11 July 2019 23:32 (one week ago) link

bought murmur by will eaves on yalls recommendation

flopson, Thursday, 11 July 2019 23:34 (one week ago) link


Theatatus, Plato, used Penguins Classics paperback, 99 cents.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 12 July 2019 04:04 (one week ago) link

finally bought guns germs and steel and it's mainly irritating in ways i can't quite define

also reading Don Quijote for the first time since a teenager and it's amazing. half the stories i didn't remember and the other half I'm seeing entirely new details in. i love how so many of the stories use reported speech - it's a lot of tell-not-show, but the effect, slightly distancing, makes it effortlessly comic, your mind filling in all the blanks. i know there have been some doomed movie versions but genuinely surprised there haven't been more.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 12 July 2019 08:32 (one week ago) link

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