My favorite consumer event is the annual Powell’s on 57th Street Midnight Madness Sale, where every item (under $50) is half-off between 9pm and Midnight (if you own or buy a Powell’s T-shirt or tote bag). I sat out last year’s sale, mostly because I felt like I was running out of space for books, but I’ve moved since then, and space is the least of my concerns. The key is to get to the store early, maybe 8pm, while you can still move around freely. Alternately, showing up around 11-11:30 is ok, even if not quite as easy as earlier.
- I read Louisa Gilder’s the Age of Entanglement earlier this year (borrowed from library) and felt like it was one that I should own.
- Framelo’s biography of Dirac (anti-matter) was universally recommended to me after I went on my quantum mechanics binge earlier in the year.
- I’ve basically enjoyed everything that I’ve read by Ross King, and hopefully Ex Libris won’t be any different
- “Jesse” – Jesse Jackson is the famous person that I’ve interacted with the most regularly, and there’s a huge chunk of his history (the 1970s) that I know very little about.
- The Life Photographers book would be a good addition to a future coffee table
- I was strongly recommended Fadiman’s “the Spirit Catches You and You All Fall Down” by two of my staff members
- I wanted to give Achmat Dangor and Bret Easton Ellis another chance after being underwhelmed by earlier things of theirs that I have read.
- I like the title “My Year of Meats” so let’s see what it’s all about
- I’ve heard good things about Yukio Mishima and thought this might be a good time to investigate
- The African email scam book will be a great gift for someone and is illustrated magnificently.