Friday, October 15, 2010


It’s been a while. Life has been happening. Some really good things and some fairly tough ones as well. God is good and continues to demonstrate it consistently each day.
Part of that goodness was revealed this past Saturday at the Friends of Tompkins County Library Book Sale. This is not just another library book sale. They have their own warehouse. The warehouse has its own map of the stacks. The stacks all have signs on them indicating their holdings. The books are in fairly good shape and a good variety. It would have been really easy to get way more than the 10 books at $3.50.

The list:
Cormac McCarthy All the Pretty Horses
Sartre Existentialism
Susan Sontag AIDs and its Metaphors
William Gass The World and the Word
Documentation of the O.E.D. (compares the amount of quotations of Shakespare vs. Nashe. Nerd fest? I think so.)
Danielwski House of Leaves
Thomas Pynchon The Crying of Lot 49
Nietzche Thus Spake Zarathustra
Franz Kafka The Trial
Flannery O’Connor Wise Blood

Also recently received via the mail :
David Markson Wittgestein’s Mistress (currently reading.Quite weirdly amazing. There’s a bunch of similarities to Bartheleme/ Brautigan in the way the dialogue-as-story.)

Edmund White Flaneur (Waste of money. I was expecting something entirely different and closer to something in Benjamin’s/Baudelaire’s tradition about the flaneur and what I got was a short selected history of Paris. It wasn't uninteresting just not what I thought it was going to be.)

Moore, Lara Jennifer Restoring Order: The Ecole des Chartes and the Organizaiton of Arhcives and Libraries in France, 1820-1870 (currently reading. It is fascinating and quite a good/interesting read.)
Rory Litwin, ed. Library Daylight (collection of essays on librarianship from 1874-1922

Starting subscribing to Artifice Magazine this year. It's a bi-annual publication of original works of poetry and fiction. It is really very good and enjoyably odd. Check them out.