Friday, December 16, 2011

Like my Fire

Has it really been over a month since I've writ in this thing? You're slippin', bubz.

Well, let's get down to it, shall we? My wife bought me an early xmas present, one of those Kindle Fires. It's a pretty nice little device. You can't do any writing on it, but that's about it's only limitation. I've been busy putting free classics on it, cuz damn, I refuse to pay for a virtual book, doncha know? If I'm going to shell out some cash, I want something I can actually hold in my hands. Besides, there are plenty free ones out there. Why, just an hour ago I found these five gems:
  1. The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus from the 1604 Quarto by Christopher Marlowe
  2. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  3. A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Yerevich Lermontov
  4. La-Bas by J. K. Huysmans
  5. Against the Grain by J. K. Huysmans

Now how cool is that, huh? Pretty good stuff. And it is awfully easy to read on it. I can read in bed, and not disturb my wife. Hmmm, maybe that's why she got it for me?

As to The Recognitions, I'm just about finished. I really don't want to see it end, but Gaddis has really picked up the action in Part III, and I'm having a hard time putting it down. I went ahead and pre-ordered the new Dalkey edition coming out in January, along with their new edition of JR, which is coming out on the same day. And each for only $12! Damn, Dalkey, I luv you guys! I also ordered, and it just came in, The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories by Bruno Schulz. This was recommended by a friend I met on LT (tanks dr. dangle!) but I don't know when I'm going to get to it, as I have a HUGE stack of books I'm dying to read. Damn if I can't decide which one. I told my wife we'd do a readalong with Emma, but I've got to read something else, too! I had been wanting to read Sorrentino's Mulligan's Stew, but couldn't justify cracking it until I took on O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds, which I had actually started before The Recogs lured me away. So, maybe I'll return to that. Too many books.

Well, that's all I feel like writing for now. Sorry this wasn't much of a post and if I bored your ass off, I apologize. But I'll do better next time. Promise.


  1. A Kindle Fire, eh? I've never considered all those free books you can get. And reading in the dark would be advantageous. I'm tempted. Maybe someday. I think you'll really like La-Bas. It's satanic!

    Good stuff, Bubba!

  2. I had a Nook I loved reading free books on, and it was what it was best for. Great stuff - I downloaded EJW Gibb's weird victorian translations of Ottoman and Arabic poetry and found Ivo Andric's doctoral thesis on Bosnian literature. The Nook, though, and a subseuqent Kindle, was grabbed by the kids and serves their needs now. I'm hoping Santa keeps givin' and givin', though. If he does, Huysmans here I come...

  3. Sam, if I can find the time, I hope to do the readalong on Moby Dick, and I will be doing it on my Kindle.