Nu-ILB: What books have you purchased lately?

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This Nu-ILB thread is the direct descendant of <a href="http://www.ilxor.com:8080/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?boardid=55&threadid=759">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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Arggh!

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 04:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Move again? What?

Casuistry, Saturday, 3 March 2007 08:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Not bought, but Bookmooched:

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

C0L1N B..., Saturday, 3 March 2007 20:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Khhhhhhhhhhhharms!

Casuistry, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 20:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 21:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Diderot on Art Vol. 1: The Salon of 1765

C0L1N B..., Wednesday, 7 March 2007 05:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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

James Morrison, Sunday, 11 March 2007 07:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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

Casuistry, Monday, 26 March 2007 17:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

also homeless

max, Monday, 26 March 2007 17:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 Amazon.co.uk basket awaiting to be ordered. HURRAH!

nathalie, Monday, 2 April 2007 14:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

catherine bush, claire's head

derrrick, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 08:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Uh, another post, sorry:

drop city – t.c. boyle

any good? i noticed this at the store.

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Bloody hell. The link was supposed to be to the blog Anecdotal Evidence: http://evidenceanecdotal.blogspot.com

Øystein, Saturday, 5 May 2007 13:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Bloody hell, that Oe. It's very good but, oh god.

Tim, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 13:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Its in a really pretty tuttle edition too. Looking fwd to it :-)

Really happy about the Krudy as well, that's as good a find as I'll have all year (quite a few Krudy books on Corvina, but I don't think the publisher exists anymore)

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 13:25 (three months ago) Permalink

(I've probably banged on a bit about The Fifth Seal by Ferenc Santa, also on Corvina? Amazing book. Corvina was a Hungarian state publisher, I always assumed, but now I realise I have no particular basis for that assumption.)

Tim, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 13:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that was my impression too - maybe Soros need to get on top of that

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 13:40 (three months ago) Permalink

I bought a couple of Zsigmond Móricz titles on Corvina last year, and found the first boring enough that I haven't troubled the second yet.

Tim, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 14:15 (three months ago) Permalink

needed to pick up some Henry James:

What Maisie Knew
The Wings of the Dove
The Aspern Papers & The Spoils of Poynton

a couple Roald Dahl books for our kid:

Boy
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

omar little, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 14:57 (three months ago) Permalink

john cowper powys - a glastonbury romance

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 17:56 (three months ago) Permalink

Bof. ^That's extraordinary. Read it in Fiji of all places.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 19:29 (three months ago) Permalink

have to admit the size of it is somewhat intimidating, though once i got stuck into wolf solent i sped through that so here's hoping (will also be reading it in the south pacific, if not in quite so warm climes)

All IN THe Downs Shirley Collins memoir. America Over The Water was a fantastic read so hope this is as good

need to read! just got hold of a copy of the documentary.

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Gyula Krudy - Knight of the Cordon Bleu
How much did you pay? That goes for crazy money, sometimes

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:41 (two months ago) Permalink

lol, really. I paid 3 quid for it.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 05:28 (two months ago) Permalink

"The End of the Novel of Love," Vivian Gornick

cakelou, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 23:24 (two months ago) Permalink

A couple of thrift store buys:

The Sicilian Vespers, Steven Runciman, Cambridge U. Press. It's a hardcover in good condition w/ dust jacket, a Book Club edition. $2.

Zen and the Birds of Appetite, Thomas Merton, New Directions paperback in good condition, $2. A small collection of his essays.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 01:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Some great 2nd hand finds:

Pavese - This Business of Living
Strindberg - Inferno/From an Occult Diary
Rilke - Selected Letters

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:15 (two months ago) Permalink

^that strindberg is something i have to revisit

thomas bernhard - extinction
alfred döblin - a people betrayed
adolfo bioy casares - asleep in the sun

no lime tangier, Thursday, 19 July 2018 05:46 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Kit Pearson, The Sky is Falling

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Saturday, 4 August 2018 17:25 (one month ago) Permalink

"Reading Rilke," William H. Gass
"How Fiction Works," James Wood
"By Night in Chile," Roberto Bolaño
"Moravagine," Blaise Cendrars
"No Place on Earth," Christa Wolf
"In Patagonia" and "The Songlines," Bruce Chatwin
"The Years," Annie Ernaux
"Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius," Ray Monk
"The Avignon Quintet," Lawrence Durrell

cakelou, Thursday, 9 August 2018 07:10 (one month ago) Permalink

a compilation of 3 Henry Miller texts from his centenary
& Rock and Roll Doctor by Mark Brent on Lowell George and Little Feat

Stevolende, Thursday, 9 August 2018 08:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Brecht - Poems Part Two 1929-1938
Brecht - Poems Part Three 1938-1956
Dezso KosztoLanyi - Anna Edes

Note to Londoners - Judd books had quite a few Hungarian books in their shelves last week when I picked up Anna Edes.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 11 August 2018 09:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Well you're disqualified from borrowing my copy of Anna Edes now.

Tim, Saturday, 11 August 2018 09:48 (one month ago) Permalink

I am sure I will qualify to borrow something else from your Hungarian collection soon enough.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 11 August 2018 13:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Dudes, if you are interested in Hungarian come over to Beszélsz magyarul?

Suspicious Hiveminds (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 11 August 2018 13:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Yesterday I ordered (through alibris) a used copy of the Everyman Library hardcover containing three novels of Penelope Fitzgerald: Offshore, Human Voices, and The Beginning of Spring, for $7.30, shipping included.

Today I took books to Powell's Books to sell. From the proceeds of selling about a dozen books, I was able to purchase these six books:

Doting, Henry Green, NYRB trade paperback, new (remaindered), $9.

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Elizabeth Taylor, used trade paperback, $3.

The Rise and Fall Athens: Nine Greek Lives, Plutarch, trans. Scott-Kilvert, used Penguin Classics, $2.

The Face of Battle, John Keegan, used trade paperback, $2.

Maigret Gets Angry, Georges Simenon, used trade paperback, $3.

The Hot Kid, Elmore leonard, used mass market paperback, $3.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 23:14 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Doting, the Fitzgeralds, Mrs Palfrey and the Simenon all great. The Hot Kid is disappointing--Leonard did seem to be running out of puff towards the end.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 02:21 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Mrs Palfrey is vg but made me v sad.

Tim, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 06:12 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Bohemians by Dan Franck
a book on the Birth of Modern art in Paris in the early 20th century

Robert Plant A Life Paul Rees.
biography of midlands singer, like.

Didn't buy Johnny Rogan's Neil Young biography cos the pages were brown down the outside which looked very suspicious in a 2nd hand book. Shame want to read that.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 08:13 (four weeks ago) Permalink

2nd hand:

Tanizaki - A Man, A Cat and Two Women
The Psalms

1st Hand:

Dag Solstad - Armand V

xyzzzz__, Monday, 27 August 2018 11:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I went a bit wild today and bought more books than I have in a single day for as long as I can recall. Used, of course. Cheap, relatively so. But I rarely buy more than three at a time. I guess it will be time to clear more space on my shelves and get rid of some dead weights.

Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust, the Kilmartin update of the Moncrieff translation, in 3 hardcover volumes published by Random House (1981), for $12 total. Approx. 3200 pp of languid fiction that I don't know when I can find the time for.

Excellent Women, Barbara Pym, used trade paperback, Penguin, $3.

Iceland's Bell, Halldor Laxness, used trade paperback, $4.

The Human Factor, Graham Greene, used Everyman hardcover, $3.

A Malgudi Omnibus: Sawmi and Friends, Bachelor of Arts, English Teacher, R. K. Narayan, used trade paperback, $4.

The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson, used trade paperback, $4.

The Dog of the South, Charles Portis, used trade paperback, $4.

The Siege of Krishnapur, J. G. Farrell, used NYRB paperback, $4.

The Towers of Trebizond, Rose Macauley, used NYRB paperback, $2.

The Bookshop, Penelope Fitzgerald, used trade paperback, $1.50.

I also bough some nice replacement copies of Herodotus and Thuycidides, in Penguin Classic editions, for $3 each, because my old copies were kind of bunged up.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 2 September 2018 01:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Found a 2nd edition of CV Wedgwood's Kings Peace for £2, excited to read

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 2 September 2018 23:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wow, Aimless, good haul

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 September 2018 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

At a well-organized used bookstore before a movie, both in unread condition:

How Should a Person Be?, Sheila Heti, $8

O Pioneers!, Willa Cather, $5

faculty w1fe (silby), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 15:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Elijah Wald Dylan Goes electric
I really enjoyed teh book on Delta Blues, Leaving The Delta and have been meaning to grab this for a while.

Snow Upon The Desert Frank Mcflynn
biography of Richard Francis Burton the victorian explorer and translator.
I picked this up and then saw there was another biogrpahy of him from the same year 1990. Not sure what the significance of that is yet. centenary of something?

Stevolende, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 17:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not purchases as such, but have recently been going through a dozen big boxes of unread books that have been in storage for over a decade, so at the moment my house is like an ideal 2nd-hand bookshop circa 2005.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Mick Farren The Black Leather Jacket
interesting find in a local newsagents I don't tend to go near. Have to check them out more frequently. THink I've seen some interesting rock stuff in there before cheaply. T
This was €1.99. Not asure why something like this would be popping up in there but do like his writing .

Stevolende, Thursday, 6 September 2018 22:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Frederik Pohl: THE WAY THE FUTURE WAS - a memoir.

the pinefox, Friday, 7 September 2018 14:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Cool. Old edition or did they recently put out a new one?

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 7 September 2018 14:35 (one week ago) Permalink

No, an old hardback, 2nd hand, for £3!

the pinefox, Friday, 7 September 2018 14:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Bought at the big-ish NYRB sale @ Gower st Waterstone (there are I'd say nearly 50 titles going for a fiver each):

Poems of the Late T'Ang
Proensa An Anthology of Troubadour Poetry
Umberto Saba - Ernesto
Yoel Hoffmannn - The Sound of One Hand 281 Zen Koans with Answers

1st hand:

Gerald Murnane - The Plains

2nd Hand:

Nabokov - Speak, Memory An Autobiography Revisited
Bae Suah - A Greater Music
Maeve Brennan - The Visitor
Dante - La Vita Nuova

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 13 September 2018 09:04 (six days ago) Permalink

I should check out this sale.

the pinefox, Thursday, 13 September 2018 09:24 (six days ago) Permalink

THe Fire and teh fury Michael Wolf
wondering what of teh books on the trump era are actually worth reading. I know most of what's in here already or have heard the related stories.

Mars By 1980 David Stubbs
bought but not as yet received. The book on the history of electronic music by the author of Future Days which I enjoyed and i think only saw very superficial attacks on. I know him from his writing from one of teh music weeklies a couple of decades ago anyway.
hopefully will appear by the end of the week.

Ernie Pyle Ernie's War the best of Ernie pyle's WW2 Dispatches
been meaning to read something by him since I saw the film of his work with Burgess Meredith I think. THough had Henry Fonda as him running through my head.
Saw a copy of something by him somewhere recently and looked it up on Amazon where i bought thsi from the marketplace.

Noam chomsky Understanding powerL The Indispensable Chomsky
from a charity shop yesterday. Looked good.

a few library books and library giveaways.

Stevolende, Thursday, 13 September 2018 09:46 (six days ago) Permalink

Kenny's choice 101 Irish Books You Must Read
list book of books over the last couple of centuries. One of the brothers who runs one of the local longstanding bookshops writes a couple of page son each, short precis a story connecting the book to the bookshop.
looks interesting for 25c and even more interesting on closer perusal.

Stevolende, Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:03 (six days ago) Permalink

Ghosts of my life by mark fisher

Trϵϵship, Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:09 (six days ago) Permalink

So far this book is fucking good. Reminds me why i used to love music writing and made an ilx account years ago.

Trϵϵship, Thursday, 13 September 2018 11:35 (six days ago) Permalink

Burne-Jones by Martin Harrison and Bill Waters.
1989 paperback version of an overview of teh Victorian Pre-Raophaelite painter.
I put this aside in a shop a while back and then didn't get around to buying it for ages. Bought a number of other titles from the same shop.
When I did go to buy it the counterstaff couldn't find it. They had rearranged their kept stuff in the interim
I found it on the shelf today. Or at least a version of teh same book.

Looks great anyway. I like a number of these Pre-Raphaelite and otheriwse Romantic victorian painters.

Stevolende, Friday, 14 September 2018 19:54 (five days ago) Permalink

I have the Penelope Fitzgerald bio of Burne-Jones, need to actually read it.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:48 (four days ago) Permalink

I didn’t know you were interested in PKF.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:39 (four days ago) Permalink

Sundog-Scott Walker (a compendium of his recent and some not so lyrics)
The Velvet Underground-New York Art (not essential as literature perhaps, but man is it Beautiful to look at.
Mark E Smith-V11 (a wonderful and rare bit of Fall arcana that i scored on ebay recently,illuminates some of the darker corners of his wordage for this yank and lifelong Fall freak. Also just paid 50.00 u.s. for pages out of NME and Sounds etc of Fall inteviews etc from 78 to 80. Figure that kinda stuff's not going to get cheaper)
So yeah mostly music stuff here.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:03 (four days ago) Permalink

Richard Holmes - Shelley: The Pursuit
Sybille Bedford - A Legacy

Both second-hand.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 15 September 2018 08:16 (four days ago) Permalink

For any Torontonians or anyone in the GTA, U of T is starting up its annual college book sales tomorrow, which are always an embarrassment of riches.

Federico Boswarlos, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:50 (two hours ago) Permalink

Mars by 1980 just arrived. Not had a chance to look at it very closely yet.
Hoped it might be today but thought storm might delay it.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 13:02 (two hours ago) Permalink


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