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"I am nothing without pretend." (Still)

Since it took an hour, almost, to find the camera, edit one photo, and upload it, this is going to be very, very short. The Actual Spring Weather continues, though I fear we're going back to Cold Spring next week. It happens. We'll be having spates of Cold Spring in July, just before Green Autumn sets in. But for now, the weather is really very wonderful.

My thanks to everyone who informed me that the mystery tree in that photo yesterday is Prunus serrulata, the Oriental Cherry, an ornamental from Asia. Which makes it a very pretty invasive.

Truthfully, almost everything that was good about yesterday can be summed up by this photograph, taken yesterday at Paper Nautilus Books in Wayland Square.



Photograph Copyright © 2015 by Caitlín R. Kiernan


The copy of The Bloody Chamber was in the $1 bin, and there was no way I could just leave it there; I got it as a gift (we have two copies, plus it's included in Burning Your Boats, so, really, three copies). Sure, I have all the Shirley Jackson there is, but that slipcased Library of America collection was on $10. And yeah, I have A Field Guide to Birds and The Old Man and the Sea, but on in paperback (plus the Hemingway is a 1954 printing). Also, not in this photo I picked up Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Floor of 1919. The real gem, though, is Beebe's The Arcturus Adventure : An Account of the New York Zoological Society's First Oceanographic Expedition (1926), which was a mere $10 (!!!). Anyway, we're still using the hundreds of dollars worth of credit we have there after the Great Book Purge of 2015, so no actual money was spent. Except on the Angela carter, because credit can't be used on books from the $1 bin. I actually had to go out and find enough quarters in the van in order to get it.

Last night was an old-fashioned Kindernacht, with pizza and two movies, Barry Sonnenfeld's The Addams Family (1991) and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows (2012).

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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Marc D. Goldfinger
May. 9th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
Books!
It's nice to see that I'm not the only one who goes crazy over old books. I picked up a slipcased Library of America book of James Agee not too long ago. And for $1 at the Harvard Book Store I picked up a hard cover of Xenogenesis by Octavia Butler which sells by another name name--I'm slipping--I'll remember it at some point.

It is a nice day today.
Marc D. Goldfinger
May. 9th, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)
Girl Hood
I saw this movie at the Brattle Theatre last night. My eyes were wet at the end of it.
andrian6
May. 9th, 2015 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, excellent haul. Especially the sipcased Shirley Jackson...
everville340
May. 9th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
It is fine to see that good things can come of a Book Purge.
setsuled
May. 9th, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
The real gem, though, is Beebe's The Arcturus Adventure : An Account of the New York Zoological Society's First Oceanographic Expedition (1926), which was a mere $10 (!!!)

Oh, wow. I don't know the book but that sounds fantastic.

Since it took an hour, almost, to find the camera, edit one photo, and upload it,

Wow. I hope most of that was in finding the camera otherwise there's something unreasonable clogging the works of your photo to blog post process. I know better than to offer advice but let me know if you want help anyway.
sirena73
May. 9th, 2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
The Bloody Chamber is such a gem of a book. I've read it probably once or twice a year in the 10+ years I've had it. I've given it as gifts more times than I can count, and have two copies myself: one to keep, one to loan in case it doesn't come back to me.
And what a score on The Arcturus Adventure! That sounds amazing.
aarongp
May. 9th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
Lovely selection! Very nourishing.
And the day topped off with Dark Shadows.
I had an absolute ball with that movie.
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