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« Reply #1025 on: July 08, 2014, 07:52:23 PM »

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« Reply #1026 on: July 08, 2014, 10:46:35 PM »

Aww, Gawd.
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« Reply #1027 on: July 09, 2014, 10:37:17 AM »

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« Reply #1028 on: July 09, 2014, 10:51:27 AM »

Zoom into these fabulous works of art and read the titles?  Too funny...  this next one below is all yoga / the way to eternal life.  Then the bottom shelf >Old.  So clever



The first artwork from this brilliant artist I posted yesterday was "The truth in black and white with some grey areas, 2014"

That was the black and white one?  Zoom into it and you'll see that it has all been photoshopped and that all of the books are on topic.  Too clever.




All of my flat except the bathroom is 2 full walls of each room ceiling to floor books, I collect hardcover reference books and have thousands, so I truly adore these artworks I've just found.  Impossibly funny clever artist.  

I was going to make plain white paper dustcovers for all my books but now instead I'm filing them by colour !  

Too funny.  Last night I stayed up all night and put all the word books/dickies, all the religious books, all the travel books, all the homemaking and brickwork and carpentry books, all the cook books, all the health books, all of them, all the poetry, in colour order and my shelves look much like this artwork I'm loving.  I used to file my books in alpha order but this is better.  

I was up all night dusting and loving and re-filing my books. Nowadays people buy old books by the yard, which is perhaps why this artwork is so clever...


I can smell these .jpgs.  I can.  I adore this clever art.  Smells fabulous, smells like important info I can hold, can touch, stuff I know and love....  





I give away all fiction, I go through 2 or 3 paperback novels a week.  But I keep all the proper hard-cover reference books I find every day at markets and charity shops.  

I'm the non-fiction section...

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« Reply #1029 on: July 11, 2014, 01:23:20 PM »

Books as decoration. Nothing new. Shelf Porn runs stuff like this all the time. Books without their DJs? No thanks; can't do it.

ADD: Sorry. That sounded shitty. Just can't do it, is all. Pathology. 
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« Reply #1030 on: July 24, 2014, 09:44:28 AM »

Just a post to note the recent passings of Nadine Gordimer and Thomas Berger. The former was a Nobelist and anti-Apartheid crusader; the latter wrote Little Big Man and other wryly-observed novels.  
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« Reply #1031 on: July 24, 2014, 11:38:35 AM »

I read it. It's really long. Wasn't a fan, but post-apocalyptic fantasies are not really my thing. It's very popular though and part of planned triology (I think two have been written thus far).

Re: The Passage.  Finished it and thought is was OK.  Had nothing on deck so I went reluctantly into the sequel and found it far more enjoyable.  Now I find out the third book isn't out yet.  Angry

Read the 4th installment of Peter Clines' "ex" series.  Took about a week and it wasn't great at all.  Think that series is shot.
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« Reply #1032 on: July 31, 2014, 12:48:17 AM »

Finishing Mike Piazza's autobiography. Wish I hadn't read it; he admits to being everything I dislike in a celebrity or athlete: greedy, selfish, arrogant, narcissistic, always felt underappreciated/disrespected, etc. Just an all around dick, really, with a giant chip on his shoulder. Was my favorite ballplayer, too.

Tyson's is next, then Audie Murphy.
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« Reply #1033 on: August 02, 2014, 06:46:38 PM »

Think Like a Freak- By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

A practical guide to racism- By C.H Dalton

How to Archer- By Sterling Archer

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« Reply #1034 on: August 17, 2014, 08:43:06 PM »

Muscle by Sam Fussell. It's a sober account of bodybuilding in the USA during the 80's.
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« Reply #1035 on: August 22, 2014, 05:44:20 PM »

Finishing Mike Piazza's autobiography. Wish I hadn't read it; he admits to being everything I dislike in a celebrity or athlete: greedy, selfish, arrogant, narcissistic, always felt underappreciated/disrespected, etc. Just an all around dick, really, with a giant chip on his shoulder. Was my favorite ballplayer, too.

Tyson's is next, then Audie Murphy.

Lol.

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Hit .362 with 40 HR and 124 RBI. 1070 OPS, 185 OPS+ in 97.  Shocked Tongue Kiss

The best hitting catcher of all time and he should be content with five no hopers drafted behind him?

Or should he have an attitude?

Here's the first round of that draft:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=year_round&year_ID=1988&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg&





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« Reply #1036 on: August 22, 2014, 05:57:51 PM »

Oh, I am reading The Friends Of Eddie Coyle by George Higgins.

Pretty cool movie too, check it out.



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« Reply #1037 on: August 22, 2014, 07:18:51 PM »

Lol.

Drafted # 1390 in the 62nd round 1988.

Put up 308/377/545. 143 OPS+. Career.

Hit .362 with 40 HR and 124 RBI. 1070 OPS, 185 OPS+ in 97.  Shocked Tongue Kiss

The best hitting catcher of all time and he should be content with five no hopers drafted behind him?

Or should he have an attitude?

Here's the first round of that draft:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=year_round&year_ID=1988&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg&







Dude's still a dick, really no excuse for that.
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« Reply #1038 on: August 24, 2014, 06:59:31 AM »

Becoming a supple leopard


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« Reply #1039 on: August 25, 2014, 04:47:09 AM »

I'm reading getbig

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« Reply #1040 on: August 25, 2014, 05:07:46 AM »

An oldie but a classic , 1984
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« Reply #1041 on: August 28, 2014, 09:30:51 AM »

Oh, I am reading The Friends Of Eddie Coyle by George Higgins.

Pretty cool movie too, check it out.
Agree, on both counts. Was one of Elmore Leonard's favourite books.   
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« Reply #1042 on: August 30, 2014, 12:18:14 PM »

Anna Karenina, Tolstoy

I'm re-reading it, this time slowly, because every single word is so beautifully written, even in translation.  I read it once before when I was about 16.  Loved it.  Incredible descriptions of human emotion.  

We all know the ending, she madly throws herself under a train.


...Although I ought be not doing anything remotely promoting things Russian (given the current political mess), I find that I am in the mood for vodka and re-reading crazy-unrequited-love suicides...



I may have to re-read War and Peace next...

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« Reply #1043 on: August 30, 2014, 01:31:57 PM »

Agree, on both counts. Was one of Elmore Leonard's favourite books.  

Have to check this out. Thanks, fellas.
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« Reply #1044 on: August 30, 2014, 02:30:48 PM »

Books as decoration. Nothing new. Shelf Porn runs stuff like this all the time. Books without their DJs? No thanks; can't do it.

ADD: Sorry. That sounded shitty. Just can't do it, is all. Pathology.  


I tend to agree with you on this, I cannot bear books on or for show.  


I cannot handle number 1 bestsellers from some doctor in LA.  I'll buy paperbacks at the Charity Shop or Car Boot or Market in piles of 10 and read most of them.  I donate the ones I thought readable back at the charity shop and do the world a favour and bin the rubbish in the recycling.

What I collect are hardcover reference books and I have collected a library of many hundreds.  I keep the dustjackets nowadays, although I stupidly used to take them off, not knowing they were valuable.   I live in central London and the books I find nowadays and always have been wonderful.  I've sold some first eds at Sotheby's.  I keep looking.  When once in a while I find a really special beautiful book in a secondhand shop, which sometimes takes ages, I then go right through absolutely everything they have hoping that they have the entire lot from that lovely well-read dead person...


Back at quote:  When it's shelving on most walls 12 foot high and six foot across full up, I'm thinking that's not decoration, that's a collection.  I truly love them.  

Plus it's soundproofing, I can no longer hear the neighbours on that side....

And good books in any used condition will continue to accrue value.

Books as decoration:  the funniest and most telling is the one laid prominently right next to the bed...

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« Reply #1045 on: August 31, 2014, 08:12:42 PM »

Just finished this yesterday



Finally got around to it, interesting read. Gotta admit, though, Hitchens is a bit difficult for me to follow at times. Some of his phrasing, etc. gets a little too tricky for my feeble mind.
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« Reply #1046 on: September 01, 2014, 07:35:32 PM »

Couple chapters into Tyson's autobiography. Shit is fascinating.
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« Reply #1047 on: September 02, 2014, 08:08:10 AM »

Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
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« Reply #1048 on: September 02, 2014, 07:06:49 PM »

Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
I've got a book dealer coming around to buy stuff from me tomorrow.  I have a first edition Marcus Aurelius I hope to get about 50 for.  Oh fuck maybe I ought hang onto it.  I have something signed by Vita Sackville West I thought I'd let go for maybe 100?  I have no idea how to deal with a book dealer, will he log onto the wwwinternet to find out how much stuff is worth?  

I was going to sell him books by the yard, I've got them piled up on their sides shoulder high in the hallway...

I've a few books I know are worth at least 100 each, and I only ever pay 1 per in the Charity Shop.  I've filed all my fiction.  I've put all the children's fiction to one side and all of that can go.  

Also the travel books are worth money, I've hundreds of those and I'm not going anywhere. But if or when I do do in future, I'll google...

Not sure whether I'll sell the cook books, I've so many funny ones: Guess I'll keep the best ones, I've got the hardcover Cooking with Alcohol.  The Art of British Cooking?  I tend to buy books with funny titles...

Health Books:  I've got the concise illustrated massive doctor book.  Also every and any yoga and etc books...  Hundreds of them.


Some of my favourites are the Dancing How-to books from the 30s 40s and 50s and 60s, many of them have pix of the footsteps.

Also I adore some of my elocution manuals:  They have pix of how to hold your lips and mouth to say ohhhhhhh ouuuuuu


I have about 20 or 30 books about manners and mannerisms, all much older than you


xxx

wish me luck with this ephemera man,
think I'll just sell him all the many boxes I have of old magazines and postcards.  Then I'll just let him look at the books....





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« Reply #1049 on: September 02, 2014, 07:21:40 PM »

Finally got around to it, interesting read. Gotta admit, though, Hitchens is a bit difficult for me to follow at times. Some of his phrasing, etc. gets a little too tricky for my feeble mind.


this book is on my to-do-immediately list


xxxL


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