I’ve been on a book-buying spree. I guess reading Infinite Jest has had something to do with that, but I couldn’t say exactly why that is. The week before last, I ordered The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren by Jonathan Lopez as a birthday gift for my mother. If I haven’t mentioned it before, my mother is Dutch, born and raised in Amsterdam, and she loves reading about history, and she loves art. I knew this book would be a winner.
And then I bought six books for myself. Dalkey Archive Press (@DalkeyArchive) had a great sale last week (which I mentioned on my twitter, so you missed out if you’re not following me!), so I got 5 books for $35, including shipping. I’m not exactly sure which five books I’ll be getting, since one of the books I requested is not due out until later this month and so might not be eligible for the sale. I listed an alternate just in case. Anyway, the books I requested:
If Op Oloop is not available, I requested Vain Art of the Fugue by Dumitru Tsepeneag in its place.
I also ordered The Salt Smugglers by Gérard de Nerval from Archipelago Books. If you hadn’t heard, Archipelago (follow them @archipelagobks) is in trouble, so I wanted to do my part. Plus, The Salt Smugglers looks fantastic!
It will be a while before I actually get these books, since I’m shipping them to my parents’ address, but I’m hoping to see them in late September. I have plenty of books to keep me busy in the meantime.