Book Shelves #32, 8.05.2012


Book shelves series #31, thirty-first Sunday of 2012

I had forgotten about this Norman Rockwell book, which I promptly took out and put on the coffee table:


It’s funny to think how corny I used to think the guy was . . .


. . . which I guess he is, corny, I mean, but he’s also a master painter, with cartoonish sensibility.

And if at times he’s goofy, well, he also exhibited a social conscience in his art that was, well, human-centered.


A harmonica book:


And a guitar book:


Talking Heads are my favorite band. An old girlfriend found this tabloidy book at a thriftstore and gave it to me for my birthday. This was like 16 years ago. I’d forgotten where the book was:


There’s a few copies of Far Side stuff on this shelf:


And Frank Miller’s Wolverine graphic novel, which was my favorite thing in the world when I was 11.

Sad Wolverine:


One of at least three Magritte books in the house is on this shelf. A drawing from said volume:


A Gustav Klimt coloring book:




2 thoughts on “Book Shelves #32, 8.05.2012”

  1. Great choices to display of a lovely collection. Rockwell may be corny because he portrays the everyday circumstances of the human condition. Rather than some gritty rendering of people we are supposed to feel sorry for, safe as viewers. He was a master story teller and illustrator. The Magritte makes me laugh, as intended, I suppose. How fabulous – a Klimt coloring book. You seem to have always been a connoisseur of good taste. I like your heros. Keep on sending photos of your books and art. Besides being like getting a new art journal every day delivered to my door, I can reference the pages when I want to look for a book that’s on a different literary path than the one I find myself on.


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