- The Paris Review Sketchbook [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- Where to Score: Classified Ads from Haight-Ashbury [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- Buy This: A Librarian Action Figure Based on a Real Seattle Librarian [FLAVORWIRE]
- Celebrating Virginia Hamilton’s Books and Life [BOOK RIOT]
A local used bookstore is closing after 25 years. They’re having a fantastic going-out-of-business sale (although Saturday is, alas, their final day in existence). While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they need to sell as many books as possible. And that, with each book they sell, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m going to do a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the books I’ve “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!
First up? THE AUTHOR’S AND WRITER’S WHO’S WHO & REFERENCE GUIDE.
- TITLE: THE AUTHOR’S AND WRITER’S WHO’S WHO & REFERENCE GUIDE
- PUBLISHER: SHAW PUBLISHING COMPANY LTD
- YEAR PUBLISHED: 1948-49 (FIRST POST-WAR EDITION)
- MADE AND PRINTED IN ENGLAND
WHY I BOUGHT IT:
I love reference books, y’all. I love reference books so much that, for exuberance’s sake, I feel compelled to use a word (y’all) not otherwise in my personal lexicon. Reference books were my first big literary love, from the age of five. And look at me now, using the phrase reference books four times in as many sentences. That’s true passion, coming from this gal. Facts, figures, names, dates: they still bring infusions of deep joy, especially when organized into neat little categories. What beauty! I also have a penchant for writing about long-since obscured and quite dead wordsmiths and their equally forgotten creations. These are people who are not only absent from Wikipedia, but whose lives and artistry barely rate a mention anywhere on the Internet. From that standpoint, volumes like this are actually vital and necessary to my work. Yes, dead writers still rule my world.
Thanks for reading! I hope you like the new series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
“A good book is an event in my life.”-Stendhal, The Red and the Black
“There are thirty-two ways to write a story, and I’ve used every one, but there is only one plot–things are not as they seem.”–Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson’s philosophy about plot aligns closely with mine. What is your attitude towards the subject? Please share in the comments!
I’ve been busy this month, but not too busy to get my reading year off to a fairly fine start. This is typical of my reading habits, though. January is always one of my best bookish months.
This is what I’ve been up to in January, reading-wise.
BOOKS I’VE FINISHED:
- OUTSIDE THE LINES: LOST PHOTOGRAPHS OF PUNK AND NEW WAVE’S MOST ICONIC ALBUMS BY MATTEO TORCINOVICH
- JOAN CRAWFORD: THE ENDURING STAR BY PETER COWIE
- LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY BY JOSEPH GIES & FRANCES GIES
- THE MYSTERY OF EVERETT RUESS BY W.L. RUSHO
- LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE BY JOSEPH GIES & FRANCES GIES
- THE MGM STORY: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FIFTY ROARING YEARS BY JOHN DOUGLAS EAMES
BOOKS I’M CURRENTLY READING:
- JUBILEE HITCHHIKER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RICHARD BRAUTIGAN BY WILLIAM HJORTSBERG
- THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED: THE LIFE, TIMES, AND LEGACY OF JOE HILL, AMERICAN LABOR ICON BY WILLIAM M. ADLER
What are you reading this month? Please share in the comments!
URSULA K. LE GUIN, ACCLAIMED FOR HER FANTASY FICTION, IS DEAD AT 88 [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
URSULA K. LE GUIN, AWARD-WINNING SCIENCE FICTION WRITER, HAS DIED AT 88 [LOS ANGELES TIMES]