Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Gild the lily with this whimsical volume!

As an amateur student of language this volume is indispensable. An idiom is “an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own.” Don’t be boxed in by poor literal meanings, get metaphorical this season with a tried and true method. Don’t be a second-class citizen of the English Language, escape the rate race of speaking and get a leg up on the competition this year and next.


Evan Kerry, 2013

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Charles Simic clearly cannot stand America, so my reaction is that he should go and try Arabia.

In the above connected article Charles wrings the almost dry hatred-towel of its’ Anti-Americana dew and places it on the NYRB blog for us to gawk at. The article is nominally about the loss of secondhand book stores and his apparent mourning sums to a base elegy which only cloaks an un-seething hatred for America the Brave. Triteness abounds in this fillet of shite. I’d have been better off reading a flier for a charity handed to me in the street than this blogged scroll of putrescence. For Charles is not aiming his spears with a Luddite aim, he is apparently better than that and presumably smarter than most, hence the NYRB association, he is just a blither blathering snob cloaked in the ruminative garb of the ‘smart set.’ A set which has let the petrol run out, stopped the car and is clearly suffocating on the fumes and plumes of an older mentality and enjoying every damn minute of their demise. 

But Chollie, I must agree, ’tis a shame to see the dearth of physical, real property secondhand bookshops in this country and others.  The smell of must alone is worth the trip, it is the sort of smell I imagine when i read your ‘words-you-mean-to-string together-in-place-of-thought.’

Adooby dooby doo…

Evan Kerry

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Three Men in A Boat – Jerome K. Jerome

Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow – Jerome K. Jerome

The Edinburgh Caper – St. Clair McKelway

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

Night Flight – Antoine de Saint Exupery

Scots Poetry – John Buchan

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this would seem like a book worth knowing:


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I pledge to review more reviews. If it kills me I will publish more here about the nature and state of reviewing.

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Recent Acquisitions

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge – Evan S. Connell

The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry

Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life – Lyndall Gordon

O. Henry – Modern Library Edition

A Room With A View & Howard’s End – E.M. Forster

The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope

Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid – Douglas R. Hofstadter

Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton

Victory – Joseph Conrad

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Recent Acquisitions

With 2009 upon us I thought I would share my recent acquisitions with you.

-A book of Ogden Nash poetry

-Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets (Norton Critical Edition)

-Of Human Bondage-Somerset Maugham

-Thomas Hardy

     -Return of the Native

     -The Hand of Ethelberta

     -The Woodlanders

-The Power and the Glory-Graham Greene

-Death Comes for the Archbishop-Willa Cather

-The Custom of the Country-Edith Wharton

-The Sea Wolf-Jack London


Hopefully I will read all of these books in the present year and dutifully report upon them.

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