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Arts & Culture > Poetry & Prose > Many Many Books in My Basement and Garage

Many Many Books in My Basement and Garage

Books I’m Reading

— on Kindle, a Fu Manchu novel. I am growing more and more fond of old pulp novels. But it is startling sometimes to read the accepted (and constant, in this book) bigotry of those times. However, I still read Agatha Christie and you’ll run into that there, too.

— The Lost World Of Genesis One, by John Walton. This is about the book of Genesis and the Old Testament. I am fascinated by creation literature and this professor, who is a Christian, is a wonderful and logical analyzer of ancient writings and how to look at them carefully. This book actually answers things I did not get out of literature courses on the Bible, like what to think about the idea that there may have been “raw material” around before the acts of creation that are described in Genesis. I am also obsessed with chaos monsters in literature.

— Paradigms Lost, by John Casti. Sigh. I’m trying, anyway, it was a book of my brother’s and my brain is just not that good. So every so often I’ll try a bit more.

— The Young Visiters, by Daisy Ashford. This is a famous — and hilarious — romance novel written a long time ago by a 10-year-old girl. I’ve been rereading it and trying to figure out how a little kid did this and I can’t manage to start a romance novel. Also, it is so funny people should read it out loud to one another. Of course she was not trying to be funny.

— John Brown’s Body, by Benet. Never read it and just started. It is difficult when you are going through many boxes of books, trying to sell/donate/toss and be done with them, not to think that you have them here and you should them while you can. So many books I’ve ignored. Good thing most of the books are stupid 80s economic things and best-seller crap.

posted on Feb 22, 2019 2:58 PM ()


Forgot to mention that when I was moving out of our lower Manhattan loft, I got the Strand Bookstore to come and evaluate the collection. Their book appraiser selected about a hundred books to buy and I think they gave me a check for $2,000.
comment by tealstar on Feb 25, 2019 1:40 PM ()
I have most of Agatha Christie's novels in vintage paperback, other authors as well. I wish I could find someone who wanted them. Let me know if there's some particular one you're looking for, and I'll be glad to send it to you.
comment by traveltales on Feb 24, 2019 9:39 AM ()
I love the physical presence of books but after my last move, I donated all but a very few. I kept a bit of poetry and my works of Shakespeare and a few of my favorite psychology text books. I read for pleasure now and the library is my source. I average about five books a week, sometimes more but my eyes are beginning to give out.
comment by elderjane on Feb 23, 2019 4:54 AM ()
Yes, eyes are a concern. Reading online on a bright screen is even worse.
reply by drmaus on Feb 23, 2019 9:08 AM ()
About 10 years ago after lugging 500+ books all over, I decided the time to let go--sold them on eBay along with other 'collections' (hoarding? LOL)like CDs, DVDs, NY Playbills, etc. Made decent money, had great memories and IF I need to hear/read that's what the Internet is for.
comment by greatmartin on Feb 22, 2019 7:25 PM ()
Yes, you can travel light that way.
reply by drmaus on Feb 23, 2019 9:07 AM ()
I have a huge library dating back to the 30s inherited from my late first husband. I don't know if I will ever read my way through it.
comment by tealstar on Feb 22, 2019 5:06 PM ()
I can imagine he'd have had a great collection. Before this I'd whittled my books down to a very manageable number, but then I had to go empty those storage units and found Mike's old books, which he's asked me to deal with.
reply by drmaus on Feb 23, 2019 9:04 AM ()

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