Books Acquired Recently

di Prima, Diane. Spring and Autumn Annals: A Celebration of the Seasons for Freddie. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2021. I love di Prima’s Memoirs of a Beatnik, so I was intrigued when I heard that a new memoir had just been published posthumously. LitHub published an excerpt of it that I enjoyed, so IContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Blanco, Richard. How to Love a Country: Poems. Boston: Beacon Press, 2019. I was browsing the poetry section at my local Barnes & Noble today (perhaps surprisingly, they had a rather impressive selection of new stuff along with the “classics”) and came across Blanco’s new collection. I read a few poems and enjoyed them, soContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Jane Addams Book Shop Edition

Last week I was in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and I visited the Jane Addams Book Shop. It is a lovely little place, with three floors full of used books. I was good and only bought three things. Koestenbaum, Wayne. The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire. New York: Poseidon Press, 1993. I’ve enjoyedContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Jane Addams Book Shop Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Snaza, Nathan. Animate Literacies: Literature, Affect, and the Politics of Humanism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019. I received a promotional email about this book from the publisher and ordered a copy right away because the book examines several texts that I teach in my courses through the lens of affect theory, an approach thatContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Hobart Book Village Edition

This past weekend I went to the Hobart Book Village in Hobart, New York, for the first time. Hobart is a tiny village in the Catskills, but it has five independent bookstores within two blocks of each other. They all have slightly different specialties and cooperate with each other rather than being competitors. I onlyContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Hobart Book Village Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Delany, Samuel R. Voyage, Orestes! [A Surviving Novel Fragment]. Whitmore Lake, MI: Bamberger Books, 2019. This fragment of  Delany’s legendary long-lost novel just came out. As I’ve written here a number of times before, I am obsessed with his work, so I purchased it immediately from amazon.com. Gatchalian, C.E. Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty, and theContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Cameron, Julia. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. 25th Anniversary Edition. New York: TarcherPerigree, 2016. A colleague is working through the exercises in this book and recommended it to me. I have been thinking more and more about writing as a kind of spiritual discipline over the past year and look forwardContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Ithaca Book Sale Edition

Today I attended the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library Book Sale in Ithaca, New York, for the first time. It is a huge semi-annual used book sale with ridiculously low prices (most of the books I bought–both hard- and softcover–were $0.25, and the mass market paperbacks [Amis, Knowles, and Zelazny] were $0.10, soContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Ithaca Book Sale Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Powell’s Edition

I recently visited Oregon for the first time, and as part of my trip made a pilgrimage to Powell’s City of Books. It is a majestic bookshop, the best I have ever been in. I had a limited amount of time there and thus did not have time to explore it fully, but still endedContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Powell’s Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Dove & Hudson Edition

Yesterday I made a trip to Dove & Hudson Old Books in Albany, one of my favorite bookstores and the best I’ve found in the state of New York other than the Strand. I only bought four books because I’ve been spending a lot on books lately, but there were a number of others thatContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Dove & Hudson Edition”