Book Shelves #17, 4.22.2012

Books

Book shelves series #17, seventeenth Sunday of 2012.

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Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Camus, Nabokov, Celine, Kafka.

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Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones with Revere movie camera as bookend. Littell’s lurid, bizarre book is only shelved here temporarily (he’s in too-rarefied company, perhaps).

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A friend gave me this in high school.

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4 thoughts on “Book Shelves #17, 4.22.2012

  1. I love to think about the books we keep and why we do. You say a friend gave you that book in high school and I bet you remember that day and everything. I should go through my books and see where they all came from and how they got to me. :) Thanks for the inspiration today.

  2. Inscriptions. I don’t know if it’s still there—this was a few years ago—but at the main library in downtown Jacksonville, I came across a jacketless, first-edition copy of Pynchon’s V. In the blank pages at the front of the book, someone had scribbled some neurotic, pseudo-intellectual ramblings about his/her life. The only thing I clearly remember about it now was a passing reference to the Chemical Brothers.

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