February 28, 2005

The Library

My take from the library this weekend:

A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates

Aldous Huxley Recollected

The Scientist, a Novel Autobiography by John Lilly

CDs

Jimi Hendrix: Blues
Sonic Youth: Murray Street
The Pixies: Doolittle
Thelonious Monk: Live at the Five Spot w/ John Coltrane
Air: 10,000 HZ Legend

And for my wife, who’s going through a PKD phase:
Philip K. Dick: Eye in the Sky, The Man Who Japed, Clans of the Alphane Moon.

Libraries are some of the best places on earth. Sometimes I think they’re too good to be true and they’ll outlaw them. All that stuff for free. I haven’t been wanting to read fiction so I’m setting out to read some auto/biographies.

The reason I got the Pixies CD was because one of my sacrifices when moving to Wilmington, NC was losing all of my LP records. The couple who were subletting our apartment drove down from NYC with all our stuff one weekend--an angel-like move which restored my faith in humankind. I told the guy to keep the records as payment. I don’t know how much he got for them. There were some very good records in there. I used to be an LP snob. Now I really don’t care. LPs are a pain and less portable.

My wife rules for going through a Philip K. Dick phase.

6 comments:

Arjan said...

Henri! No Ubik for the missus? what's up with that? No Man in the High Castle or Androids Sleeping with Electric Sheep? Shizzy.

And have you become so audio un-snobbish to actually rip the CDs you get from the library? My stereo now has its own CD player and its own computer.

later, Arjan

Henry Baum said...

Arjan! Great to see you here. In defense of my wife's reading habits, she's read all those PKD books, which we own.

I'm keeping my CD habits a secret.

Billy said...

libraries are definitely the coolest. i am reading maria calas.

RuKsaK said...

Came here through Mere Existence -like what I see and will definitely be back to have a good rummage - therefore, you're linked.

Empty Drum said...

Where I'm living now, they had to close the library because somebody stole the book.

Henry Baum said...

RuKsaK, I like your site too. You’re linked back.
Empty D., where are you living now?
Billy, yes.
Not that anyone asked but I love Sonic Youth’s "Murray Street." It’s my new favorite record. I know it’s a couple of years old but I’d never heard it. A real old school indie rock record. Thurston Moore even sounds like J. Mascis at one point. A way mellower Sonic Youth but then I think bands should throw out their distortion pedals.

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