The Endless Bookshelf : simply messing about in books





January 2016

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


24 January 2016

In Memoriam : David G. Hartwell

David G. Hartwell (1941-2016) was a good friend and a great encourager : he knew how to get people to do what they did not know they could do. The picture above is of your correspondent and David G. Hartwell on his 70th birthday.

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Tropic of Kansas

Now it can be told, the best book I read in 2015 is :

— Christopher Brown. Tropic of Kansas. Unpublished novel, forthcoming from Harper Voyager, [date to come]. A compelling, startling book that I had the pleasure of reading in typescript form. And before long, you will be able to read it, too. Will keep you posted.

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At Sea : Re-reading ‘ Moby-Dick ’

— Herman Melville. Moby-Dick ; or, The Whale. [Illustrated by Barry Moser]. University of California Press paperback, [1983].
Re-reading with great pleasure. And boy do I have a theory to propound for you, once it gets pounded on the anvil.

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A new edition of ‘ Cleaning Up New York ’

— Bob Rosenthal. Cleaning Up New York. The Little Book Room, [2016]. This brilliant, funny book, first published by Angel Hair Books in 1976, has long been a favorite, and your correspondent has given at least a couple of dozen copies of the original edition as a gesture of friendship or a test of character. One such copy, given to someone who really got it, led to this delightful new edition, forthcoming from The Little Bookroom.

Everyone should read this book.

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Celebrating nine years of the Endless Bookshelf.

Next up : David Streitfeld. Philip K. Dick. The Last Interview & Other Conversations. Melville House, [2015].

Your correspondent will be in Pasadena for the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, 12-14 February, Booth 112, in Pasadena. Come say hello. Ask for a pass if you do not have one.

Send me your news, your books, your recent reading. The Archives will be updated soon.

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