The Endless Bookshelf : simply messing about in books





January - March 2014

Buchnarr, 1494. Ware! Ware! Ware the Book-Fool!


21-25 March 2014

The Private Life of Books

Temporary Culture is pleased to announce a new book, to be published in September :

— The Private Life of Books. Poems by Henry Wessells. Photographs by Paul Schütze. With eight plates after photographs by Paul Schütze. Temporary Culture (forthcoming in September, 2014). Edition of 200 copies. Design by Jerry Kelly. Details of subscription upon request. Preliminary sketch of the front cover above (photograph by Paul Schütze).

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current reading

— Marcel Theroux. Strange Bodies. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2014].
Read with great pleasure, while thinking about Doctor Johnson, literary forgery  ; re-reading “ The Court of Tartary ” by T.P. Caravan (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 1963, collected in The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fourteenth Series, edited by Avram Davidson, 1965) ; and also thinking about “ The Robot Who Looked Like Me ” by Robert Sheckley (1973), The Transmigration of Timothy Archer by Philip K. Dick (1982), and Poor Things by Alasdair Gray (1992). Certain notions of the identity of book and person in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore seem relevant. An immediate and candid review note below :

The saddest story I have ever heard
I did not detect any explicit traces of Ford Madox Ford in Strange Bodies, yet from the opening pages the tone is one of disrup