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January to May 2015

Buchnarr, 1494. Ware! Ware! Ware the Book-Fool!


January to May 2015

31 May 2015

Dragon head wisteria, Montclair, New Jersey. [photo by MJD]

A short list

Dear readers,
The press of other work has interfered with the timely update of the Endless Bookshelf. Many of these projects remain in preliminary stages : think of snowfall high in a mountain range, while in the distant valley below the stream remains a trickle. Until the river flows in spate, here is a short list of recent reading. Annotations, a few more pictures, and a surprise or two, to follow ; and an essay on reading Off List.


— Ken Winkler. Pilgrim of the Clear Light. The Biography of Dr. Walter Y. Evans-Wentz. [1982 ; 2nd edition, Books Mango, 2013]. Life of a fascinating New Jersey native, not nearly so gracefully written as the subject’s books.

— The Bodley Head Book of Irish Stories. Selected and Introduced by David Marcus. The Bodley Head, [1980].

— Jonathan Lethem. Fear of Music. Bloomsbury [2012 ; reprinted by Bloomsbury Academic, 2013]. “ And turn it up, . . . ”

— John Crowley. Little, Big [1981]. Harper Perennial paperback.

— Fredric Brown. “ Imagine ” (F&SF, 1955). [Collected in :] Honeymoon in Hell. Bantam, [August,] 1958

— E. Œ Somerville. “ Little Red Riding Hood ” [in:] The Fairies Return or New Tales for Old by Several Hands. With reverent apologies to the memory of Perrault . . . &c. P. Davies, 1934

— The Yeats Country. A guide to places in the West of Ireland Compiled by Sheelah Kirby. Dolmen Press, [2nd ed., 1963].

— Violet Powell. <