Archive for the ‘books’ Category

We have all had great fun getting our tongues around the alliterative phrases like “crabbit crocodile wi clarty claes” – well, you’d be grumpy too if someone was throwing tomatoes at you and getting your clothes all dirty! – and we’ve learnt lots of Scots in the process. Little brother’s favorite is the “octopus in […]


Félix Fénéon’s collection of faits divers, Novels in Three Lines – now available to the twenty-first century reader in serial form, so you can experience them as Le Matin readers did a century ago. via A Different Stripe.


Accidents

23Jun08

The Book of Accidents: Designed for Young Children. New Haven : S. Babcock, Sidney’s press, 1831. via Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities


Smitten

12May08

… with the idea of proto-constructivist agit-prop on the fells, stray Herdwicks limning quasi-Malevichs, near-Mondrians, organised by eager sheepdog commissars. Kurt Schwitters perhaps nearby, appreciating this rural echo of the vanished hopes of Weimar modernism. Smit Marks: “The smit mark is a bold stroke or pop, spot, or other coloured mark on the sheep’s body, […]


An amazing photoset on Flickr: The Detroit Public Schools Book Depository/ Roosevelt Warehouse This is a building where our deeply-troubled public school system once stored its supplies, and then one day apparently walked away from it all, allowing everything to go to waste. The interior has been ravaged by fires and the supplies that haven’t […]


A gallimaufrey

22Dec07

I have much that should be blogged, and so, to save time, I’m going to throw it all in here together and have done. It’ll be a bit of a higgle-piggle or hodge-podge, but in the spirit of the season, there should be something here for everybody. I did indeed reread Alan Garner’s The Moon […]


Now that I’ll no longer be spending more time moving books around than reading them – 200 boxes a day, average of, say, 30 books per box (sometimes more, sometimes fewer) = 6,000 books, of which I’d typically be handling at least half of them: nasty, heavy things they are, in piles or shrinkwraps of […]


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The woman was sitting on the front steps, wrapped in her overcoat, with one dog on her lap and the other with its snout pushed up against her heavy shoe. Her sodden face glistened tranquilly in the murky fog. Larsen cursed himself for coming, began to feel that he was dark and clumsy, an intruder. […]


It seems these right little, tight little islands of ours have been undergoing a bit of a Danish Invasion recently. Not like this one, though… This year sees a significant rise in publications of Danish books in English: eleven new Danish books were published in the UK between 2000 and 2005 inclusive, whereas over a […]