My Haul

Here's a photo of the books I bought at the San Francisco Public Library's annual huge book sale over the weekend.

Its only now that I realize how well that right-hand column is organized with regard to color.

The only one not pictured is The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker, reason being that I'm already reading it. This is my first Baker, and now I realize I should have started sooner.

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Whut?! I was in the library today. There were rows and stacks of books near an entrance, but I didn’t have time to look. Was that the sale? And is it over?
And: Very nice haul.

what a blast. actually THe Mezzanine is in the photo. enjoy the readings.

That Penguin Greene volume is fantastic – start with that!


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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