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167. Books Bought & Read, March 2018…

167. Books Bought & Read, March 2018…

Hi.

You probably don’t remember me.

We met online once.

I thought things went pretty well; we both liked books, and talking about books. And puns.

Well, I liked puns, at least, and you didn’t leave.

And then, just when we were getting closer, and things were getting a little more serious, (how long have we been hanging out? 3 years? 4?), I disappeared.

It’s not you; it’s me. I’ve been busy.

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I know that sounds like an excuse, but in this case it’s a pretty good one, if four of the biggest upheavals in life all happening within a few months of each other can be considered a good excuse.

None of them have actually happened yet, but they are all in the pipeline, quite far along the pipeline actually, almost at the end of the pipeline it could be said. November for one, December for a couple of others, and January for the last.

But you’ll hear all about that in the coming months’ (catch-up) blogs, (and the Sherlockally-minded among you will be able to glean some clues from the selection of books consumed in the upcoming blogs).

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All I’ll say for March is that I began well-balanced: 17 bought, 17 read.

I made a concerted effort to make a dent in the McSweeney’s shelf I have in the apartment, with some poetry and comedy from my favourite San Fransisco publisher.

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I got stuck into a bunch of great history books, from the paranoia of Hunter S. Thompson, to Chomsky on US ‘democracy,’ to the creation of the extraordinary Hamilton, to the history of man-made languages, (did you know George Soros’s parents were early adopters of the ur-language Esperanto, and changed their last name to the Esperanto verb ‘to soar‘? You did? Liar…)

 

 

I returned to the topsy-turvy, adult fairytale world of Finland’s favourites The Moomins once more, after revisiting neighbouring Iceland’s myth-maker Sjón in another magical tale.

 

 

And after picking up a proof copy of the incredibly talented Sarah Winman’s latest tale, Tin Man, I read it in an evening whilst practically holding my breath, a stunningly moving sliver of a book.

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Until next month, which  will be coming sooner than expected…

 

 

 

 

Books Bought, March 2018

Further Joy (John Brandon)

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Runberg, Homs & Carot)

The Descent Of Man (Grayson Perry)

Feel Free: essays (Zadie Smith)

Enlightenment Now (Steven Pinker)

The Best American Non-Required Reading (ed.Sarah Vowell)

I Wrote This Book Because I Love You (Tim Kreider)

A Horse Walks Into A Bar (David Grossman)

The Last Interview (Hunter S.Thompson)

Jagannath (Karin Tidbeck)

Frankenstein In Baghdad (Ahmed Saadawi)

Tin Man (Sarah Winman)

The Complete Moomin Comic Strip, Vol.I (Tove Jansson)

Salt, Sugar, Fat (Michael Moss)

Socrates: a man for our times (Paul Johnson)

From The Mouth Of The Whale (Sjón)

 

Books Read, March 2018 (highly recommended books in bold)

The Seducer’s Diary (Søren Kierkegaard)

The End Of The Story (Lydia Davis)

In The Land Of Invented Langauges (Arika Okrent)

The Descent Of Man (Grayson Perry)

A Horse Walks Into A Bar (David Grossman)

The Last Interview (Hunter S.Thompson)

Tin Man (Sarah Winman)

The Complete Moomin Comic Strip, Vol.I (Tove Jansson)

A Load Of Hooey (Bob Odenkirk)

Tombo (W.S.DiPiero)

Tradition (Daniel Khalastchi)

Secrets, Lies and Democracy (Noam Chomsky)

The End Of Love (Marcos Giralt Torrente)

One Hundred Apocalypses (Lucy Corin)

Socrates: a man for our times (Paul Johnson)

Hamilton: the revolution (Lin Manuel Miranda)

From The Mouth Of The Whale (Sjón)

 

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