shelf 2: state quarters, hamlets

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Sunday, April 01, 2012
shelf 2

Hello again and welcome to the second installment of books in a bookcase. (Books in a Bookcase to date.)  This shelf is what I would call rough sorted - it's themed to music writing and ...some plays? Also, state quarters. I don't know. The rest of the plays are somewhere else. I don't know why some things are here and some things are there - it's just the way it is.

The Official US Mint 50 State Quarters: I need to go through my change jar and see if I have any more quarters to add to this - I only have 17 states in here! This book is a nice one, though - it showcases both the front and back of each quarter and seemed fancier to me than the ones where you just push the coin into some cardboard. I remember getting this with a 40% off coupon at Michael's because plain or fancy, I wasn't going to pay full price.

Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth:  This book is so fun, you guys! The Spice Girls, The Bay City Rollers, The Archies (!! and other cartoon bands), The Monkees, The Partridges (and other TV bands) - the book covers these well known artists deftly, but also informs (or reminds) the reader of many one hit wonders and artists who toiled in obscurity.  It came out in 2001, a time when boy bands were front and center (*N'SYNC, Backstreet Boys, etc.) and Britney Spears was still on top. GOOD STUFF!

Lost in the Grooves: subtltitle - "Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed," this book is brought to the world by the same editors as the Bubblegum book and is a delight to pick up, flip open, and randomly read entries.

Chronicles, vol 1. : I enjoyed this book - if you like unreliable narrators, strangely detailed descriptions of furniture (!), gossip about NYC folkies in the early 60s and ruminations on the creative life from Dylan's point of view, you will probably like it too.

Mystery Train: haven't read it yet.

The Egyptian Jukebox: this is a puzzle book by Nick Bantock - you know the kind: a painting, a story, a MYSTERY. I haven't looked at it in a long time - I should take it down again. I don't know why it's not on the Nick Bantock shelf, except that it's tall and may have been separated at some point prior to this particular bookcase. Another puzzle!

The Beatles Forever: right next to Beatles '64 - these are two mostly picture books from the Title Wave.

The Riverside Shakespeare: bought with a gift certificate to Powell's that my aunt gave me when I graduated from college.

Idiot's Delight: Martina and I saw this play on a whim at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland on a road trip, many years ago. We didn't know that if we waited twenty minutes from when we were trying to buy our tickets, that the tickets would be half off. Many thanks to the ticket seller who conveyed this to me through a series of raised eyebrows and pointed looking at the 'rush ticket' sign. "Are you sure you want to buy these right now??"

Hamlet: you know, just a good old Melancholy Dane. Oh, wait! I got this at the Title Wave, too - it's the "Complete Text of the Performance for The Shakespeare Recording Society, Inc. New York." I think I bought it because it was a quarter and I liked the drawing on the cover.

Arcadia: LOVE IT!

Three by Tennessee: This was for a class my freshman year of college.

Hamlet: Again with the Hamlet!

Four Great Plays : Also for school.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead: I love this so much.

shelf 2

b/w "film grain" photo of the same shelf - it's got better contrast, that's for sure. This shelf is hard to photograph because it's in the corner farthest from the light. Flash just bounces off the mylar-covered spines of the Beatles books in an attempt to blind us all.

2 comments on "shelf 2: state quarters, hamlets"
  1. Oh, dear. Your vol. of Shakespeare reminded me of my New Year's resolution to read the bard. Hmmm. Where does the time go? Ah, yes, Mieville, Holt, Spark--let me count the ways.

    1. hee hee. Yeah - I know just what you mean! Maybe just start with one. That's what I keep coming up against -the only way to start is to START. sigh.


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