Books, Books and more Books…

18 Apr

Let me reiterate something I have noted in the past—this, to justify my resorting to the creation and promulgation of a list— which I have also said before, is the main trick of lazy journalists.

Uh where was I?

Oh yeah, if you are familiar either with European literary journals or the late lamented Wisława Szymborska’s splendid little tome Non-REquired Reading you are aware that those journals list books that they receive— a number usually far greater than can be reviewed (or that fussy critics would deign to comment on). Seems like a useful thing to list, right?

Since I am exactly in that position I am pleased to occasionally publish an idiosyncratic and arbitrary enumeration of recently received books such as the one that follows.The arbitrary part of this public service ia the links that attach to some of the book noted. Some because i have spoken to the author—some because I have previously commented on something to do with said tome.And some links because, well, it’s the right thing to do.

David Hockney: The Biography by Christopher Simon Sykes (Doubleday)

Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World by Jay Nordlinger (Encounter Books)

The Short American Century: A Postmortem by Andrew Bacevich(Editor) (Harvard University Press)

The Recipe Project: A Delectable Extravaganza of Food and Musicby Leigh Newman (Black Balloon Publishing)

Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson byKevin Avery, Nick Tosches (Foreword) (Fantagraphics)

The Life of Charles Dickens: The Illustrated Edition [Abridged] by John Forster, Dr. Holly Furneaux PhD, Jane Smiley (Foreword) (Sterling Signature)

Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s by Richard Graham , Sid Jacobson (Foreword)(Abrams ComicArts)

How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends by Mark Derr (Overlook)

A People’s Guide to Los Angeles by Laura Pulido, Laura Barraclough , Wendy Cheng (University of California Press)

Herbert Eugene Bolton: Historian of the American Borderlands by Albert L. Hurtado (University of California Press )

No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel (Riverhead)

Jewish Art: A Modern History by Samantha Baskind, Larry Silver(Reaktion Books)

On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.Sby Sean Stewart (Editor)(PM Press)

Richard Benson: North South East West by Peter Galassi,Richard Benson(Author Photographer)(The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives by Elizabeth Benedict (State University Press of New York)

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series by Sarah Bancroft(The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Cindy Sherman by Eva Respini (Author), Johanna Burton (Author), Cindy Sherman (Photographer), John Waters (Contributor)(The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Darwin’s Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology by John Long (Basic Books)

The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard by Joe Brainard, Ron Padgett (Editor), Paul Auster (Foreword)(Library of America)

The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by
Tracie McMillan (Scribner)

What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld (Author), Ben Boos (Illustrator), A.G. Ford (Illustrator) (Candlewick)

Walter De Maria: Trilogies by Josef Helfenstein (Editor), Clare Elliott (Contributor)(Yale University Press)

Graphic Design: A New History, second edition by Stephen J. Eskilson (Yale University Press)

The Hammer Vault by Marcus Hearn (Titan Books)

Reading for My Life: Writings, 1958-2008 by John Leonard, E. L. Doctorow (Introduction) (Viking)

This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s by Helen Molesworth (Yale University Press)

David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s by David Goodis, Robert Polito (Editor)(Library of America)

The Unexpected Guest by Anne Korkeakivi (Little, Brown and Company)

Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground by Rob Jovanovic(St. Martin’s Press)

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style by Paul Martineau (Author), James Crump (Contributor) (J. Paul Getty Museum)

Grantland Issue 2 by Bill Simmons (Editor), Dan Fierman (Editor) (McSweeney’s)

David Shrigley: Brain Activity by Cliff Lauson , Martin Herbert, Jonathan Monk, David Shrigley, Dave Eggers (Contributor) (Hayward Publishing)

Jeff, One Lonely Guy by Jeff Ragsdale, David Shields, Michael Logan (Amazon Publishing)

Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing by Leonard Koren (Imperfect Publishing)

Strange Flesh: A Novel by Michael Olson (Simon & Schuster)

The Middle Ages by (Penguin)

These Dreams of You by Steve Erickson (Europa Editions)

The Journal of Henry David Thoreau 1837-1861 by Henry David Thoreau, Damion Searls (Editor), John Stilgoe (Preface) (New York Review Books Classics)

Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives by John Sutherland (Yale University Press

Perlaby Carolina De Robertis(Knopf)

Atget by John Szarkowski, Eugène Atget (Photographer) (The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

The 50 Funniest American Writers*: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion by Andy Borowitz ( Library of America)

Nixon’s Court: His Challenge to Judicial Liberalism and Its Political Consequences by Kevin J. McMahon (University Of Chicago Press)

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway (Knopf)

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack: A Novel by ( Little, Brown and Company)

The Anatomy of Harpo Marx by Wayne Koestenbaum(University of California Press)

Timebomb:A Thriller by Gerald Seymour (Overlook)

Any Day Now: A Novel by Terry Bisson (Overlook)

Three Science Fiction Novellas: From Prehistory to the End of Mankind by J.-H. Rosny, Daniele Chatelain (Translator, Contributor), George Slusser (Translator, Contributor) (Wesleyan Early Classics of Science Fiction)

Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers from the Team at Baseball Prospectus by Baseball Prospectus The, Steven Goldman (Editor) (Basic Books)

A People’s History of Baseball by Mitchell Nathanson (University of Illinois Press)

MeMyselfandI: Photo Portraits of Picasso by Pierre Daix, Friederike Mayröcker, Katherine Slusher, Kerstin Stremmel (Editor) (Hatje Cantz)

Currently reading The Wet Engine by Brian Doyle (Oregon State University Press)

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