Book Shelves #36, 9.02.2012

 

 

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Book shelves series #36, thirty-sixth Sunday of 2012

Continuing the corner book shelf in the family room.

The bookends are tschotskes from a ¥100 shop; we bought them years ago in Tokyo.

Not particularly fancy but they have a sentimental value. (The big guy is a tanuki, if you’re unfamiliar).

The tin on the far left is filled with miscellaneous papers, old stickers, other small bricabrac.

 

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Only four books on this shelf—the more-or-less complete works of J.D. Salinger, in gloriously ratty mass paperback editions:

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Not sure if these are my wife’s or mine—probably a mix of both. I stole most of these from my high school.

The Catcher in the Rye was as important to me as any other book, I suppose. I wrote about it here.

Nine Stories contains some of Salinger’s most disciplined stuff.

It took me years to finally find the discipline to read Seymour, which is probably the best thing he wrote.

 

2 comments

  1. Lady Philosopher · September 2, 2012

    Reblogged this on Lady Philospher's Blog and commented:
    TANUKI, Books a horse from Chinese antiquity. Watch Burroughs, listen to Vanelli and think about Kerouac all a few days before Jiorgio became a Butterfly from the excruciating last days battling melanoma. We miss him and i feel during moments like these where magical moments shine. i feel he winks at us from the other realms.

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  2. Ben4149 · September 2, 2012

    Heh, love those tanuki big testicles… It’s a Japanese thing.

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