Monday, September 24, 2012

Library Books

Libraries are the best.  Not in a throwback nostalgia potluck sort of way but in a ‘wow, free books are the best’ sort of way.  Knowledge is power ya’ll.  I was a late bloomer to getting a library card in New York, I’ve only had one since May 2011, and it was obtained the laziest way possible via my friend who works for the Brooklyn Public Library setting up my account, mailing me my card and even giving me a pin number.  I’m a princess.  Well since then, I have been checking out books in spurts and the statement, “I will never buy another book again,” is pretty close to the truth (except for the hard to find ones and the ‘crap I’m stuck in the airport’ situations [borrowing books also makes up 30-50% of the books I read as well]).  Reading, language and the devices that literature, non-fictions, and all the variations in between is the base for my thought processes and understanding of all the jumble and amazingness that is human feeling, thought and accomplishment.

Currently there is this familiar, yet still annoying, desire for nostalgia that is rampant in the culture as a whole.  It is nauseating to the degree it is latched onto everything but there is an honesty in that impulse.  Reading books alone is antithetical to the communized alterna-states of sharing, expressing, acknowledgement and faux nihilism (to degrees).  Reading a book versus online snips and clips via computer screen has far more impact in my ability to retain information.  I know that this will and must inevitably shift to more mediated ways of accessing and consuming information and ideas but until then, I declare myself as a book in bed type of gal.   Reading is an antidote to all the clickety eye roving that consists of 80% of my eyeball powers a day and it helps the brain to exercise other muscles and to create new pathways that makes this knowledge hunt more fertile and regenerative.

Below is the full list of books that I have taken out or have on hold from May 23, 2011 till today.

Magritte and Photography, Roegiers, Patrick; translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti. New York, NY: Ludion : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2005. Call # 759.9493 MAGRITTE R

Magritte / Siedfried, Gohr, Siegfried.  San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, c2000. Call # 759.9493 G

Macbeth , Shakespeare, William, edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom ; volume editor, Janyce Marson.  New York: Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2008. Call # 822.33 S52 T6 B

Good Morning, Midnight, Rhys, Jean. New York: W.W. Norton, [1986]. Call # FIC RHYS

A Moveable Feast, Hemingway, Ernest, the restored edition; foreword by Patrick Hemingway ; edited with an introduction by Seán Hemingway,. New York: Scribner, 2009.  Call # B HEMINGWAY M

Macbeth, Shakespeare, William, edited by Roma Gill. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. Call # 822.33 S52 T5 G

Lives of the Artists, Tomkins, Calvin. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2008. Call # 700.92 T

Tender is the Night, Fitzgerald, F.Scott. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1995. Call # FIC FITZGERALD

Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys, Jean.  Norton, 1966.  Call # FIC RHYS

Pale Fire, Nabokov, Vladimir.  New York: Vintage Internation, 1989. Call # PIC NABOKOV

Macbeth, Shakespeare, William; edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan. New York, NY: Bantam Dell, 2005.  Call # 822.33 S52T5 B

A Dance with Dragons, Martin, George R.R. New York: Bantam Books, c2011, Call # FIC MARTIN

1Q84, Murakami, Haruki; translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Call # FIC MURAKAMI

The House of Mirth, Wharton, Edith.  New York: Knopf, c1991, Call # FIC WHARTON

A Room of One's Own, Woolf, Virginia; foreword by Mary Gordon. San Diego :Harcourt Brace, 1989, Call # 824 W

Color of Darkness, Purdy, James, 1957, Call # FIC

Simulations, Baudrillard, Jean; translated by Paul Foss, Paul Patton and Philip Beitchman. New York, NY: Semiotext(e), Inc. c1983.  Call # 194 B

Despair, Nabokov, Vladimir.  New York: Vintage Books, 1989.  Call # FIC NABOKOV

Blood Meridian, or, The Evening Redness in the West, McCarthy, Cormac. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.  Call # FIC MCCARTHY

The Eye of the World, Jordan, Robert.  New York: T. Dorherty Associates, 1990.  Call # FIC JORDAN

Duchamp : A Biography, Tomkins, Calvin.  New York: H. Holt, 1996. Call # B DUCHAMP T


The Medium is the Message, McLuhan, Marshall [and] Quentin Fiore. Co-ordinated by Jerome Agel. Random House c1967, Call # 301.243 M166 M2

The Comedians, Greene, Graham; introduction by Paul Theroux. New York: Penguin Books. Call # FIC GREENE

The Creative Mind, Bergson, Henri; translated by Mabelle L. Andison. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968 [c1946].  Call # 194 B94 CR

The Age of Anxiety, A Baroque Eclogue, Auden, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), Random House [c1947].  Call # 821 A89 AG

New Collected Poems, Oppen, George ; edited with an introduction and notes by Michael Davidson ; preface by Eliot Weinberger. New York: New Directions, c2008.  Call # 811 O

The Great Hunt, Jordan, Robert.  New York: Tor Books, c1991.  Call # FIC JORDAN