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November 13th, 2001
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In a recent post, I gave a list of books I purchased at Barnes & Noble, but forgot to include the list of music CDs purchased at the same time (their cost was included in the hideous total I mentioned there). Also, in my last post, about the San Francisco foray, I mentioned buying books at City Lights, and I might as well list them too. Here, then, are the lists, if you're interested.


The Glenn Gould Edition [Sony] -- Gould conducting Wagner (his last recording); Gould playing a piano version of some Wagner pieces.

Mozart -- Great Choral Works [Philips] -- Great Mass in C minor K427; Coronation Mass in C K317; Requiem in D minor K626. Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; John Alldis Choir.

Paganini -- 24 Caprices [EMI] -- Caprices op.1; Itzhak Perlman, solo violin.

Richard Strauss -- Salome [Philips] -- Salome (opera); State orchestra of Dresden, Seiji Ozawa. (this opera is based on Oscar Wilde's play Salome. Read it if you haven't yet. On second thought, read it again if you have.)

Mozart -- Requiem [Deutsche Grammophon] -- Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (yes, I collect performances of Mozart's Requiem).

Mendelssohn -- Lieder ohne Worte [Deutsche Grammophon] -- op.19, 30, 38, 53, 62, 67, 85, 102; Daniel Barenboim, solo piano. (the title means "Songs Without Words".)

Mahler -- Das Lied von der Erde [Sony] -- Leonard Bernstein and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra; Christa Ludwig, Mezzo-Soprano; Rene Kollo, Tenor.

Brahms -- Ein Deutsches Requiem [Erato] -- op. 45; Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Schubert -- The Last Four Quartets [Philips] -- D. 810 "Death and the Maiden"; D. 804 "Rosamunde"; D. 887; D. 703 "Quartettsatz"; Quartetto Italiano.


(from City Lights)

The Pound Era, by Hugh Kenner, University of California Press, 1971.

Modern Times, by Paul Johnson, Perennial Classics, 1991. (I read and appreciated Johnson's Intellectuals. More on that one some other time.)

Lectures on Literature, by Vladimir Nabokov, Harvest, 1980.

The Nibelungenlied, author unknown, A. T. Hatto (tr.), Penguin Classics, 1969.

Belief or Nonbelief? A Dialogue, by Umberto Eco and Cardinal Martini, Minna Proctor (tr.), Arcade Publishing, 2000.

The Legend of Pope Joan, by Peter Stanford, Berkley Books, 1999. (Popess Joan is a fascinating legend, especially suitable as role-playing material...)

The Albigensian Crusade, by Jonathan Sumption, Faber and Faber, 1978. (There's a running joke about the Albigensian Crusade with a good friend; couldn't resist...) (but it should be an interesting read, too, of course.)

The Origin of English Words: A Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, by Joseph T. Shipley, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984. (I'm such a sucker for word books...)

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond, W. W. Norton & Company, 1999. (M.'s F. recommended it most unreservedly, and I was so happy with M. and F., I decided to give it a shot. For what it's worth, the book won a Pulitzer Prize.)

The White Goddess, by Robert Graves, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1948. (wherein Graves singlehandedly founds New Age, albeit not quite on purpose.)

Malleus Maleficarum, Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, Rev. Montague Summers (tr.), Dover Publication, 1971. (The classic Christian text on Witchcraft and What To Do About It. Originally published in 1484.)

I think that's it. So now you know. By the way, you're all welcome to borrow any of these.

Current Mood: solitary
Current Music: Mendelssohn -- Lieder ohne Worte [Daniel Barenboim, solo piano]

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Date:November 13th, 2001 12:01 am (UTC)


I cannot resist!!! You've already bought Shipey (origins of english words) but a little bird whispers in my ear that you would be happier with Calvert Watkins's Dictionary of Indo-European Roots. If you like words, why not try Calvert Watkins's "How to kill a dragon"? It is a book on Indo-European poetics. Great fun guaranteed.
Hatto's translation of Nibelungenlied *sucks*. On the other hand, the only decent translation of Nibelungenlied, in my opinion, is the Russian one. Well, the translations into modern German are also ok, not surprisingly.
Hmmm, I had *no idea* that Malleus was translated ;) happy you! Albigensian Crusade is perhaps the most interesting period in Medieval history - can you let us in on that joke? (being nosey again :)
The White Goddess merits a long discussion or a short angry remark, but I've no idea if you're interested. The long discussion would be on the nature of neopaganism, of course. About the singlehandedly invents part, please look back at Allister Crowley.

By the way, I wonder why you wouldn't answer my honest question! I am in Berkeley, I am the sister Talash mentioned, and I could show you even more bookstores (although it would be tough to do in the middle of the week while I'm drowning in classes). You can find my e-mail on http://www.glosses.net , which you apparently discovered. My phone is permanently hooked to the net.
Date:November 13th, 2001 12:02 am (UTC)

Re: grhm...grm

that was me by the way - Renee ;)
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Date:November 13th, 2001 12:18 am (UTC)

Re: grhm...grm

First, an apology: I did not contact you because I am flying back soon, and because I really shouldn't go to any more bookstores... But I thank you kindly for your offer, and will be sure to take you up on it, if I'm around SF again any time soon.

I note your recommendation of Watkins' book. Since Hatto's translation of the Nibelungenlied appears in Penguin Classics, I realized it's an old translation (in the public domain), and that newer, better ones are likely to exist. I'm not too troubled by this though, for several reasons: I'm interested in the story, not necessarily the poetic beauty of the saga; I have a Hebrew translation as well (by J. Hauben); I have Wagner's librettos; and One DayTM I shall master German and read a translation into modern German.

Regarding the Albigensian crusade, the friend in question is a historian specializing in European medieval history, with a penchant for the subject of religious persecution. He is also a role-player, and Albigensians and the Albigensian crusade have shown up in some role-playing games he has held. Since it is such an obscure subject for the layman, some other role-players (laymen) have started joking about him and his affinity for Albigensians. That's it, more or less.

I know TWG to be a very controversial book, but, not having read it yet, I cannot say anything else about it. I acknowledge Aleister (so spelt, btw) Crowley's role in bringing about the New Age, yes. Crowley, however, to paraphrase you, merits either a long discussion or an angry remark... ;)

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Date:November 13th, 2001 01:07 am (UTC)


Nabokov's Lectures are great. You're going to enjoy them a lot!

I hope your overweight bill doesn't exceed the price of the books themselves, though :/
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Date:November 13th, 2001 07:44 am (UTC)

Excess Baggage vs The Old Shipperoo

Damn! oops, I mean, good thing gaal's reminded me that, if it's not too late, I owe advice on packing books for surface shipment.

This is The Cheap Way as books go by volume
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Damn! oops, I mean, good thing gaal's reminded me that, if it's not too late, I owe advice on packing books for surface shipment.

This is The Cheap Way as books go by volume <tee hee!> rather than weight. A book sent overseas via Air Mail is a manifest, let alone extravagant for all but the wealthy, display of True Love (between humans and their books).

Slow going, though, prompting a considered sort of sort before closing up the box: what can you live without for roughly [intentional word here:] three months [as in, it's gonna be a rough three months till that parcel arrives!]

My only own experience with doing the above: if any, the real damage will occur when the box goes through Israeli customs and gets manhandled (raped? pardon my language -- and crude sexist imagery). Precious books (well, acquired them through purchase or as gifts - though I hope the most precious of all made the cut and are being flown home whether in your baggage or carry-on) are treated badly there - surely not put carefully back in the box. Corners, particularly, will get battered; soft covers may get bent.

I've mentioned my firm belief in maxing out your baggage weight allowance - even if the airline tix are expense-accounted-for, you want to get your money's worth for as much stuff as you can get to travel home along with you. You probably don't have to choose between books and fabric like I do when packing for home on my biennial buying sprees.

So having said all of the above, I might as well recommend you pay the "overweight bill" (sounds like a guy I maybe knew back in LA... at the next booth in Barney's Beanery, or was it one stool over from mine at the counter of Smokey Joe's Cafe?)

cheers! and get home safe/sound/soon!
Deborah, making plans for next week that don't include any books...
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