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the drndic is incredible
― dogs, Saturday, 17 April 2021 16:33 (six months ago) link
More info please!
― dow, Saturday, 17 April 2021 18:06 (six months 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 SimpsonISB member's memoir
The Lies That Bind Kwame Anthony AppiahBook on identity
Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? MUmia Abu-JamalNot 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 (six months ago) link
Chinese Rhyme-Prose, translated by Burton Watson, used trade paperback (remaindered, like new condition), $7.50.
The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, editor and translator Burton Watson, used trade paperback (very good condition), $7.00.
Three Summers, Margarita Liberaki, trans. Van Dyck, used trade paperback (like new condition), NYRB Classics, $2.00.
― sharpening the contraindications (Aimless), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 22:18 (five months ago) link
Some that I'm still waiting on for postal arrival:- Will Alexander, The Combustion Cycle- Carlos Lara, The Green Record- Jackie Ess, Darryl
― it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 20:17 (five months ago) link
Boy On Fire Mark Morduefound it cheaper tah I was expecting , in a shop which has just reopened the shelves to browse over the last week.Wanted to get to read it, so glad I have bought it. Though possibly should have waited til I wasa bit less broke.oh well, looks good. THis and Stranded which i read last month which features some of the same characters.NIck Cave as a boy, like i think the boys Next Door cease to be right at the end. Though does look like it does have some bits of a later Cave looking back.
I missed an Australian interview with teh author last week cos i was really distracted by something else going on. have been hoping I'd get to see a video of it but don't seem to have been sent a link so far.
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:41 (five months ago) link
Alexandra Wilson In Black and White: A Young Barrister's Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice SystemTitle refers to the author's mixed ethnic roots. I heard her talk on Guilkty Feminist last year tehn on a webinar from Scotland last week.Sounds like a very interesting read. So looking forward to actually getting it. Now has an apparently lengthy addition since the hardback last year.Bought from a local bookshop but getting sent to me through teh mail since I was thinking it was faster tahn waiting. Apparently click and collect would have been possibly tomorrow. Though not sure how long it takes to sort. So hope it arrives faster than Friday when I would have been a few minutes away from there.
Richard Thompson BeeswingHis memoir of the 60s and early 70s. Again bought from the local place so hope it does arive in a few days.Looking forward to reading this, have been since I heard it was forthcoming.
MIchelle Alexander New Jim CrowHave been meaning to read this for a while. It was mentioned by Alexandra Wilson in her talk.I bought the non 10th anniversary edition so not sure what I'm missing from doing so.3rd thing bought from teh same source.JUst had a few people mention not buying things fro Amazon and its related outlets. had bought from Book Depositary for a while but really need to rethink .If I'm buying books about ethical concerns I shouldn't be adding to funding Amazon who really seem to define bad ethics on a number of fronts.
― Stevolende, Sunday, 9 May 2021 12:43 (five months ago) link
Not purchases, but some good finds from a big box of books someone was giving away on their stoop:
Willa Cather - Death Comes for the ArchbishopSatires of Juvenal - trans. by Rolfe HumphriesPatrick Leigh Fermor - A Time of GiftsPatrick Leigh Fermor - Between the Woods and the Water
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― Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 May 2021 16:13 (five months ago) link
andré breton - what is surrealism?
― no lime tangier, Friday, 14 May 2021 06:32 (five months ago) link
also william carlos williams's collected stories. i've quite liked what fiction of his i've read in the past so have high hopes!
― no lime tangier, Friday, 14 May 2021 06:35 (five months ago) link
Filling in some Muriel Spark gaps by getting the little hardback editions that came out a couple of years ago. Tempted to collect them - never really done a matching set for a novelist before (I probably won't follow through. i just can't see myself buying and rereading The Mandelbaum Gate).
Finally, Hazlitt's Life of Napoleon. Pulled together a set for a good price - only one odd volume.
― woof, Friday, 14 May 2021 08:53 (five months ago) link
Beowulf (tr.Heaney)Fleur Jaeggy - Sweet days of DisciplineOsamu Dazai - No Longer HumanElizabeth Hardwick - The Collected Essays OfJoseph Conrad - The Secret Agent
― xyzzzz__, Thursday, 27 May 2021 10:51 (four months ago) link
Should really cut out buying books but can't.
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan FarrowHeard a lot about this a couple of years ago I think.
Les Miserables Victor HugoI think I had volume 2 for years, saw this in one volume for 1Euro so grabbed it
Life Below Stairs Alison MaloneyI think my brother was talking abouyt this a couple of years ago. & said it was a good overview of lives of those in service.Hope i didn't already have it.
War Games - The Story of War In Modern Times Linda Polmana look into the aid industry among other things.
― Stevolende, Thursday, 27 May 2021 11:33 (four months ago) link
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X kendiawesome find since I was thinking about buyingthis closer to full price. But this was 1Eur on a hidden shelf . So I was overjoyed.So going to keep my eyes open for other things I've been looking for. Jus had a feeling taht if i went into this charity shop I'd find something good along these lines. Not that I don't normally find something in that one.Anyway a book I've heard recommended in a few places so glad i can get to read it now.
Black cats and Evil Eyes Chloe rhodes book on superstitions . Looked interesting I'm interested in teh subject.
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Selling Your Fathers Bones Brian Schofield History of oppression of the Nez Perce Indian tribe.I walked over to a local bookshop that is slightly out of the way since I was in the vague area because of an art exhibition I went to.So spent time walking around this bookshop that I've mainly been looking at the website for for teh last few weeks.Found thsi which was something in an area I was looking for more stuff on. Histories of Indian tribes and preferably in a non Eurocentric style. I think it is a bit more enlightened than earlier histories would have been. Not really had a chance to look at it yet. Do think the whites in it don't come off looking great
Everything You know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and LiesOversize book on disinformation etc. Picked it up for 1.50 Eur yesterday in a charity shop. Looks like it may help debunk some conspiracy theory while hopefully not fostering others. It's from 2002 so may have some old information in that has more recently been updated and changed.Not really read through it yet. Hope i do get a chance to.
Mein kampf Adolf HitlerIndian version of unreliable narrator's memoir. Or taht is to say it seems like this copy was printed for an Asian, English speaking market.I can't see a translator listed which I was loooking for. I tried reading this about 35 years ago and not sure how far I got with it. THought it might help to know how his mind worked if that was obvious from his writings. & if that was something yo could extrapolate any further from.Or if it is just better to read all the material criticising him.
didn't wind up buying Beloved by Toni Morrison cos i didn't have change in my pocket. Need to get it though.Purchase would also have included Gore Vidal's the Golden Age and one other. may try to get back over to the charity shop.
The Earth Shall Weep James WilsonAnother book on white oppression of Indigenous people in the US. This one is about what was termed the indian Wars which is more like a system of government sponsored genocide of several tribes of Indigenous people. Again not started it so not had a chance to asses what I think about it yet. I think it is pretty scathing about the white input far more so than history has previously been taught, but I could be wrong about the degree to which that is true.
― Stevolende, Sunday, 6 June 2021 11:41 (four months ago) link
I went into a local charity shop that has been closed since Xmas looking foir a few more books on race and decolonisation and things. Didn't really get taht but did get these
How To Rig An Election Nic Cheeseman & Brian KlaasHow despots retain power and fun things like that
This Is Your Brain On Music Daniel LevitinI think the title is the description like. An ex record producer who became a neuroscientist looks at how the brain reacts and interacts with music. Have been hearing about this for years I think and not had a chance to read it yet.
Cruel britannia A Secret History of Torture Ian Cobaininvestigative journalist looks into activity that UK tried to keep secret etc. Seeing it reviewed quite well so hope i get a chance to read this soon.
Sapiens A Brief History of HumankindI think this was a recent bestseller reasonably recently. It's a title i think I have seen recommended too.
charity shop doing this size of non fiction for 2Euro a pop . Great.
― Stevolende, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 15:49 (four months ago) link
Censors at Work HOw States Shaped Literature by Robert Darntonbook on how state censorshiop in 3 different times and geographical areas shaped what was able to be published . free from library.
From the Gracchae to Nero H.H.ScullardHistory of Rome from 133BC to 48AD that used to be a standard history text book. Heard it's quite good. Another freebie from the library
A History of The Franks Gregory of Tours Medieval history of European people taht gave its name to France etc but had wider catchment earlier. Should be interesting. I like to think I find this stuff really interesting but I think its automatically on my to read pile since i have things I'm already in the middle of . Wish I could read more than one thing ata time, like literally.
Cyberselfish Paulina Borsook Wired writer looks into hightech. Bought it cheap in a multibuy for 2Eur with teh Gregory of Toursd and a thing on Sugar. Have now seen it is getting middling reviews so maybe should have got the alterntive book I put back Humans by Colin Phillips. oh well.May have some insight in.
Sugar The Grass That Changed The World Sandija O'Connellhistory of the plant that drove the slave trade among other things. I think from ancient times to present day.
50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do: Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Booksby Tom Butler-Bowdon summary of several psychological tropes that I thought would be useful. Well it wasa Euro so I thought I'd take the plunge.
a few books from the library.White Fragility Robin diAngeloStarted this last night and it does seem to be giving some perspective into the lack of perspective involved.
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Ibram X kendinot started this yet but I think the title is a good description, just reading his How To Be An Anti-Racist which I'm finding very rewarding. Another book helping me understand previous experiences.
― Stevolende, Saturday, 19 June 2021 10:55 (four months ago) link
Lewis Thomas - The Medusa and the Snailthe only one of his that I couldn't find at my library or on scribd. lives of a cell and the youngest science are both great. wish I had found them when I was a teenager.
Tommy Wonder - The Books of Wondermagic tricks and some of the philosophy behind his performances. continuing my three-year trend of purchasing magic books, reading them, and not practicing or performing any of the tricks.
Jeff VanderMeer - Ambergris trilogyone huge hardcover book. I bounced hard off of his latest, hummingbird salamander, but I still want to try out some of his older stuff. (I had only read the Southern Reach books previously.)
James Baldwin - Go Tell it on the MountainDiane Cook - The New WildernessHarlan Ellison - I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamSoji Shimada - Murder in the Crooked House
kindle deals. The last one is released under Pushkin Vertigo, an imprint that releases translated mysteries. I snatch them up whenever they're on sale.
― wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 20 June 2021 03:28 (four months ago) link
Verso books have had a 40% off sale this month so I grabbed The Invention Of The White Race volume 1 last night. Not sure when it'll get here. Have been meaning to read it for a while. I think it was mentioned on a thread here a few years back.The 2 volumes are being released in an omnibus edition in October. Hoping that I am not about to find out that July has 50% off since May had 30%. & that's across the publishing house.
― Stevolende, Sunday, 27 June 2021 07:11 (three months ago) link
Claudius The God Robert GravesOne of the sequels in the Claudius series. I think this is 2nd book. I watched the 70s BBC series a few years ago and have meant to read the books for years. Possibly longer. Now have it so need to actually do so.
Chronicles of the Crusades Joinville and Villehardouin I think I had been reminded that I had wanted to read this a few weeks ago. Possibly surfing through Goodreads.It was one thing I'd noted to read in the summer of 2003 but I think found out was in the special collection in the University library which limited access.Anyway 2 chronicles of different crusades by people involved. The whole enterprise kinda sucked on a colonialist front and people weren't even white yet so obviously had even less excuse, like. But I thought this might give insight into the epistemology yah?
1434 Gavin MenziesI enjoyed 1421 in the late 00ies so. have meant to read this since. Should have realised that it's reputation has it as nearly speculative fiction now. Like a newer less far fetched Von Daniken or something.Chinese arrive in Europe with their ancient knowledge and trigger the renaissance. Is that a better idea than people fleeing from Constantinople bring knowledge with them. & is the concept of Renaissance now outdated and questionable like I'm hearing the Enlightenment is. Anyway looking forward to reading about the big ship energy from the Chinese. Cos at least they is non Eurocentric or something.
Our Word Is Our Weapon Subcomandante Insurgente MarcoZapatista leaders selected writings
The Education of an Idealist Samantha Power. Memoir of Irish born US cabinet member.
― Stevolende, Monday, 28 June 2021 06:41 (three months ago) link
Claudius The God Robert GravesOne of the sequels in the Claudius series. I think this is 2nd book
― Rich Valley Girl, Poor Valley Girl (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 June 2021 09:42 (three months ago) link
yeah, I thought there were more. But this goes up to his death.
― Stevolende, Monday, 28 June 2021 10:50 (three months ago) link
Guess Claudius, The Ghost never really got off the ground.
― Rich Valley Girl, Poor Valley Girl (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 June 2021 17:20 (three months ago) link
could have explored his time in the afterworld or something. surely.
― Stevolende, Monday, 28 June 2021 17:37 (three months ago) link
Elliott Kalan and John Hodgman did a podcast about I, Claudius last year. I didn't listen to it.
― wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 28 June 2021 18:54 (three months ago) link
^sounds like something I would have posted
― Rich Valley Girl, Poor Valley Girl (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 June 2021 19:31 (three months ago) link
stoked to have finally found an affordable copy of denton welch's journals (jocelyn brooke version)
― no lime tangier, Monday, 5 July 2021 04:47 (three months ago) link
Octavia Butler Lillith BroodI don't seem to coincide with copies of her books in charity shops for some reason. Maybe people grab them as soon as they see them or something. This was the 3 parts of the book series in one omnibus set . Glad i grabbed it cos i'm finding it pretty readable.Must get more when i get the chance.
THe Mammoth Book Of native Americans.Looked like this was pretty comprehensive which would be good but it does still have Indians crossing the Bering Strait landbridge which I thought was a while outof date. So hope it is worth it.
Flea Acid For the Children Thought it might be interesting and i did get it as a part of a 3 books for 2Euro deal in a charity shop
The Written Word Martin PuchnerHow Literature shaped history. Well looked interesting and was part of the same deal
An African American and LatinX History of the United States Paul OrtizI read his wife's Indigenous book in this Revisioning series a few weeks back so was looking forward to this. may have too many books on the go to get to this too fast now though.
― Stevolende, Monday, 5 July 2021 23:19 (three months ago) link
LOvecraft Country Matt Ruffnot seen this around. Bought from same charity shop I got the Octyavia Butler on the previous visit.Enjoyed teh tv series and heard thaht varies a bit from this.
THe Black Diaspora Ronald Segal White South African telkls a black history . looked interesting so hoping it is actually good, slightly worried by the white SA bit on picking up the book. But seems he was a Jewish anti apartheid campaigner. Will see what this reads like.
How He Gets Into Her head Don henessy
Nega Mezlekia The God Who Begat A jackalnovel by Ethiopian now living in Canada. Seems to be based ina lot of local folklore and things.
Thomas L Friedman The Lexus and The Olive Tree Understanding Globalization
Ben Okri The Famished RoadBooker prize winning novel by writer I've meant to read for a while.
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 19:23 (three months ago) link
Green Suede Shoes: An Irish-American Odyssey Larry Kirwanmemoir of Irish American musician who I became familiar with from him backing Copernicus and met when he was leading Black 47
Girls Against God Jenny Hval feminist book verging on manifesto apparently. got 2 loads of 3 books for 1 Euro => 2 euro = 6 books so found some interesting stuff in a charity shop that I had seen some interesting stuff before. I know this writer's name from somewhere and this look sinteresting
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy JUdd Apatow book of interviews which was part of taht deal too
The Great Dune Trilogy Frank Herbert I know I've read Dune itself not sure about the other 2 here./ I got some Herbert when my uncle died a couple of decades ago I know there was some Dune in there but not sure what.
Toni Morrison BelovedThis was the book i'd seen on a previous visit. Odd layout in the shop with books stood up in rows behind the visible front row might explain why it was still there.Really need to read some Morrison. Now got 2 to get to.
Richard Wright Black BoyMay have read this before, some years ago. Another book on the black experience from the middle of the 20th century
The Victorian Underworld Kellow ChesneyLooked interesting in a different charity shop.Overview of the milieu of the criminal underworld during the Victorian era innit.
The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900 F.M.L. Thompson bought this in the same purchase as the other Victorian book. Seems like it could be good and this kind of sociologcal view seems really interesting right now . Not really looked at it much yet I mean stocking up yet again .
― Stevolende, Monday, 12 July 2021 14:58 (three months ago) link
Daedalian Depths by Rami Hansenne Based on Christopher Manson's MAZE but I hear that it is actually solvable. I'm going to put off looking at clues for as long as possible.
― wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:09 (three months ago) link
> Jenny Hval> I know this writer's name from somewhere
she's all over 6 music, but i didn't know she wrote books
― koogs, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:19 (three months ago) link
Went into town so bound to have bought even morethis time
The Irish (& Other Foreigners) Shane HegartyIrish book looking at immigration to the country over 10, 000 years. Vikings, Italians and everybody .Sounded like it might be interestig. Hoping it is more on the decolonisation side of things.
Joan Of Arc The Image of Female Heroism Marina WarnerI saw this i the shop a couple of weeks ago but I thought this was gone last week.Have read a couple of the writer's books and seen talks tied in with the latest book she put out.So hope i do have a chance to read this.
MIddle England Jonathan Coeone of the books in this trotter family saga. I read the ones named after Hatfield and the north lps about 20 years ago I think. Maybe not quite that long ago. I think this i s2018 and the main characte ris much older.
Companero The Life and Death of Che Guevara Jorge Castanedabiography of the revolutionary hero
Girls Will Be Girls Emer O'TooleFeminist book on gender identity etc
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 15:17 (three months ago) link
Deconstruction In A Nutshell A Conversation with Jacques DerridaSeemed to be an interesting introduction
The Way Home Tales from A Life Without Technology Mark BoyleI think this is an ex-p[at Brit who lives down country in either Galway or Clare off the grid. I saw him do a talk at the launch of either this or a later book and have meant to get this ever since and his other work.
A Natural History Of the Senses Dianne Ackermansensualist look into the senses , history antropology and fun things
The Stubborn Soil William A. Owensmemoir of a Texan survivor of extreme poverty
Stonemouth Iain Banksa sequel to the Wasp factory I think
A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing Eimear McBride
THe Female Eunuch Germaine GreerFeminist book by Australian author
The haunting Of Hill HOuse Shirley jacksonHave come across films and tv series based on this so thought I'd grab th ebook too.
Dolly My Life and Other Unfinished Business Dolly Partonmemoir of country star
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwoodstill not read much of the Atwood i was picking up a while back but somehow hadn't got this one
Banksy The Man Behind The Wall Will Ellsworth-Jonesbiography of the grafitti artist
Paranormality Why We See What Isn't There Professor RIchard Wisemanbook sceptical of the supernatural taht sees some benefits deriving from the study of the subject
How to DO MORE of Just About Everythingthought I might learn how to do some things i don't yet.
Costume Worldwide depictions of costume over history I thought it might inspire meto get back to making stuff. May do yet
Cat Breeds of teh World Desmond MorrisThought it might be good. I known his manwatching and stuff. & knowing cat breeds might be useful at some point
― Stevolende, Friday, 6 August 2021 17:30 (two months ago) link
knowing cat breeds might be useful at some point
Stevo your worldview and your book shopping habits are both really inspiring to me
― Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Friday, 6 August 2021 19:16 (two months ago) link
spent some of yesterday downloading recent purchases, some of which I'd forgotten i'd bought...
summer, ali smith. i enjoyed autumn and have been picking up the other parts when i see them. missing winter.
Germinal, Zola. was cheap and sounds right up my street.
Children of Ruin, the second part of that thing about the spider planet.
troy, Stephen fry. didn't like the chapter i read of his mythos, sounded too much like Stephen fry, so this was a cheap hate-purchase given i'm on an iliad kick lately.
the honjin murders, mentioned here recently and i like the cover.
currently buying at about 3x my reading speed... but it's nice and varied so I'll never be stuck for something to read no matter what mood in in. and those 5 in total were less than half the price of the one physical book i bought this month.
― koogs, Monday, 9 August 2021 07:12 (two months ago) link
― No Particular Place to POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 13 August 2021 00:41 (two months ago) link
Okay, sorry meant to posthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOCCvN8YDuc
I've acquired the Repeater Books reissue of Patrick Wright: THE VILLAGE THAT DIED FOR ENGLAND.
The physical scale of Wright's books is remarkable!
― the pinefox, Friday, 13 August 2021 10:53 (two months ago) link
My local charity bookshop that benefits the public library has reopened recently. Today I bought:
Vinland, Thomas Pynchon, used hardcover w/ dust jacket, $1.A Small Town in Germany, John LeCarre, used trade paperback, $1.
― it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Saturday, 14 August 2021 21:17 (two months ago) link
Peter Cook A Biography Harry Thompson
Bandit Country The IRA & South Armagh Toby Harnden
Jeanette Winterson Frankisstein
A Mercy Toni Morrison
Even Silence Has An End Ingrid Betancourt
Grrl Gurl Gworl Guhl Kenya Hunt
THe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 17:25 (two months ago) link
Malice in Blunderland Aubrey MaloneI think this is about Holllywood gossip. Seems to be too new to even turn up on goodreads etc. Cant even get a read for it on Google.Found it for a Euro in a charity shop so thought it would be worth grabbing. Not really had a chance to look at it yet.
Larry Kirwan The BronxIrish American musician memoir about his life during the 80s. So far he's been ripped off before getting on the plane out of Ireland.I think I mainly know him as the main backing musician to Copernicus though I may have something by his band Black 47 somewhere.First chapter seemed promising. I got his Green Suede Shoes from a different charity shop recently too but haven't got into it yet.THink I will be reading this soon but do have a lot of things already on the go.
Once Upon A Time In Aparanta Sudeep Chakravarti,This looked like it could be interesting. I wanted to read as much non European stuff as possible was my excuse to myself for buying things when I'm too broke to be doing so. May catych up with me later. may turn out to be the best thing I've read in ages. One takes the gamble somethimes. I dunno.
Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess Alison WeirFree book from teh library. They have a section of books taht can be taken. This looked like it ould be pretty interesting th epiecing together of a medieval woman's life by a current female historian.So hope i do have the time to get to this.
― Stevolende, Thursday, 26 August 2021 12:19 (one month ago) link
Rockin' the Bronx was the Larry Kirwan title
― Stevolende, Thursday, 26 August 2021 12:20 (one month ago) link
Dulwich Park Festival: 50p for a tiny hardback of Synge: 4 plays + THE ARAN ISLANDS.
I wanted to have THE ARAN ISLANDS so this is a find.
― the pinefox, Monday, 6 September 2021 11:03 (one month ago) link
If that Synge is the Oxford World Classics pocket edition, I have owned a copy of it since 1978. Yes, it is one sweet little book!
― it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Monday, 6 September 2021 16:25 (one month ago) link
Adventures in The Skin Trade Dylan Thomashardback copy of anthology of pieces not previously published in Book form. I thought i might be interesting but not read much of it so far.Now seeing reviews of it taht say that it is opaque or cloudy or something. Like its well written but the reviewer can't make sense of what's being said., I dunno, is that bad reading ? Will explore further. I'm not that familiar with Dylan Thomas, do know some of his biography but not much of his work. Still looked interesting and may have me investigating him further.
Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles Richard Dowden a look at contemporary Africa from the late 00ies. Not familiar wit the book. It looked interesting as i looked at the shelves of a charity shop and had Africa in the title.Hope its not got an overly white gaze.
as some reviews of The Lost Kingdoms of Africa Jeffrey Tayler have suggested.Another travelogue around Africa by a white Author. Looked interesting for 1.50Eur and i hadn't checked reviews til i got it home.Well it will either be read and possibly found wanting or found to have some merit.
Just Ignore Him Alan Davies memoir by the TV personality. I have liked him on QI and he comes from an area of London I was somewhat familiar with since my mother taught around there at one point as i grew up. have wanted to know a bit more about hsi relationship to the place since finding out he was from there. Just hope there is some of that here.an Davi
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 12:56 (one month ago) link
Went to a charity shop for the first time in ages and found a hardcover of John McPhee's Annals of the Former World. $6.
― adam t. (abanana), Sunday, 19 September 2021 02:47 (one month ago) link
Just a bunch of gifts and Oxfam finds (* = already read, is good to have a copy):
J. Rodolfo Wilcock - The Temple of IconoclastsThe Argonauts - Maggie Nelson*Driss Chaibi - The Simple PastNatalia Ginzburg - Family and Borghesia Gerald Murnane - Tamarisk RowMario Levrero - The Luminous NovelRaymond Chandler - The Big SleepNammalvar - Tiruvaymoli (Endless Song)Shakespeare - Anthony and CleopatraJocelyn Brooke - The Image of a Drawn Sword*
― xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 22:17 (three weeks ago) link
Here Comes Everybody James Fearnley POgues accordionist's memoirs of the time he spent in the band. From auditioning for guitar in the Nipple Erectors to leaving a whilie after Shane had been fired. I found it quite compelling. Wound up being the book i read almost immediately after buying it which is like 2 weeks ago.I'm not sure to what extent I was afmiliar with the history of the band. I didn't take the opportunity to see them in their early days which I should have done. May have seen them at Brockwell Park if at all. I did buy records from Shane in Rocks Off , met him at a Nick Cave gig a while later and even got to armwrestle him backstage at the Brixton Rollercoaster gig for which he gave me £10 to buy a drink after i missed the free bar.Sorry to hear about quite what a state and liability he was to work with. He was quite a decent songwriter at one point.Also interesting to hear about the ratio of Irish players in the band which I had assumed were mainly 2nd generation Irish Uk immigrant and seems to b efar less so.Great book anyway I thought. I know i saw this around for ages in sales in HMV and FOPP and thingsbut don't think I had teh urge to buy it until I found it in a local charity shop.
Secrets of the Press ed by Stephen GloverAllstar cast of newspaper journalists give some insight into how things are done within the press of the turn of the millennium and a couple of decades before. I've read a couple of the essays and found them pretty interesting. Good to get a picture of how the world works or is it more worked. At least at one time. I do like things like this.
The Guilty Feminist: From Our Noble Goals to Our Worst Hypocrisies Deborah Frances-WhiteTHe book related to a podcast I listen to frequently. I've been meaning to pick up a copy for a while but hadn't seen it around physically. Then managed to see 2 copies in different shops in one week. THis was the cheaper of teh 2 and does seem to be reasonably new.It starts with a history/overview of feminism and the goes into further exploration.
Killing Custer: The Battle of Little Big Horn and the Fate of the Plains Indians James Welchan attempt to look at the massacre that lead to the death of Custer from an Indian perspective and then look into the consequent history of the tribes involved.James Welch was a Native American author so his perspective should be interesting. So far I've read the introduction and look forward to the rest of the book. He is joined in writing this by the film maker Paul Sekler who made acouple of films on the subject himself.
Modern Art and Modernism: A Critical Anthology Francis Frascina (Editor),Charles Harrison (Editor)An Open University related text book including a number of essays and articles on the subject. It came out in the 90s. Looks interesting
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson Jeff Guinnapparently the best researched book on the late 60s figure. I have read afew books on him and heard his solo lp.So this looked like an interesting buy in a charity shop yesterday.May take a while to get around to reading.
Also got hold of Jane Jacobs The Death and Life of Great American Cities from the libraryI know i saw a documentary on the writer a while back & probably at least one webinar.Looks interesting, hopefully give me even more background on a series of Town planning talks i was following last year and will probably continue interest in if webinars continue online. I think this is an interesting perspective anyway and may be one that has been built on since its early 60s initial publication.
― Stevolende, Sunday, 3 October 2021 16:42 (two weeks ago) link