Flann O’Brien, Charles Olson, Karel Capek (Books Acquired, Earlier This Week)



  1. MJS · April 27, 2012

    Where did you find Call Me Ishmael? I find Olson’s stuff incredibly hard to find, aside from Selected Poems. Lucky bastard!


    • Biblioklept · April 27, 2012

      I get most of my books from Chamblin Book Mine in Jacksonville, FL. I live one mile from this book store. Chamblin’s is like a maze or labyrinth of four or five buildings cobbled together. It is a sprawl of used books — somewhere between a million and two million, the owner once estimated for me. The store is just crammed with stuff like this. I never get bored there and I usually have some trade credit, so I spend too much time there. I found the Olson by chance (I wasn’t looking for Olson or Melville).


  2. F.H. · April 27, 2012

    Call Me Ishmael’s pretty easy to find, actually, at least online. Johns Hopkins University Press has it out in a particularly ugly cover. Anyhow, I love the book. Probably the best thing ever written on Melville and Moby-Dick (sorry Parker, Lawrence, Delbanco, etc., etc., etc.).


    • Biblioklept · April 27, 2012

      I read most of it yesterday and it’s really good — more centered on sources and influences (personal, literary etc.) than Lawrence’s chapter in Studies in Classic American Lit (which, for the record, I love), but it’s also loose and free.


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