Getting hammered by the exchange rate, and although I probably won’t have to go back on the game, I am going to stop buying books (that sound you hear is Mrs Towers’ ironic laughter and slow hand-clapping). I already Have Enough, anyhow. And there are libraries…
So, what did I get on my final binge?
Means of Escape: Memoirs of the Disasters of War by Philip Caputo 1992 404 pages $6
Caputo wrote one of my favourite books about the US experience in Vietnam, “A Rumor of War”. This is him as a war correspondent in the 70s and 80s.
The Nimrod Flip-Out by Etgar Keret 2004 219 pages $1.00
Israeli short-story writer, recommended by Mrs Towers. Cover blurb says “Keret’s stories are brief and powerful linguistic downpours, usually punctuated by uproarious climaxes.”
Night Letters by Robert Dessaix 1996 276 pages $0.50
Bunch of letters about mortality and morality and all that jazz
The Coca-Cola Kid: Selected Short Stories by Frank Moorhouse 1982 209 pages $0.30
Frank Moorhouse is an extremely intelligent, fluent and funny (when he wants to be) Australian writer. Have just read his “Days of Wine and Rage” collection of essays and pieces (mostly his) about Australia in the 1970s. Also have read his “Conference-Ville”. Both to be reviewed soon
My Journey with Aristotle to the Anarchist Utopia by Graham Purchase 1994 125 page $6.00
One of those ‘man falls asleep wakes up 100 years later’ riffs – cf “Looking Backwards.” Purchase is a fine writer, and demolished certain failures of organising here and here.
Ecology and Empire: Environmental History of Settler Societies eds Tom Griffiths and Libby Robin 1997 $10
I loved Alfred Crosby’s “Ecological Imperialism” and this collection of essays looks totally brilliant. It shall be extensively blogged…
* For the next six months.