Quick Hot Air

Have Mercy On Me

If you’re a loyal Pencillista, you know I work in retail three days a week. Two of this week’s three days come right before X-mas so I’ll be in foot-aching, preacher’s-throated, headache-y, I’m-beginning-to-loath-humanity hell until Wed.

Ergo, I figure I’ll be short in these precincts until Thu. — that is if I post at all. But I’m here now so let’s go.

Buy Books

Get into the Book Corner at once. If not today, then tomorrow. Buy books for all your friends and loved ones. You know my philosophy (well, one of my philosophies; I have so many): Never trust a person who doesn’t have books in her or his home. Or, as John Waters put it more practically:

If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em.

Sage advice.

Now, then. If you’re a Bloomingtonian, keep your dough local by shopping at the Book Corner and keep it doubly local by purchasing tomes penned by B-town authors. Here’s a list of same, off the top of my head:

Nancy R. Hiller Historic Preservation in Indiana: Essays from the Field; A Home of Her Own; The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History

Nate Powell March: Book One (with US Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia and Andrew Aydin); Any Empire; Swallow Me Whole; Sounds of Your Name

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Michael Koryta The Prophet; The Ridge; The Cypress House; So Cold the River; The Silent Hour; A Welcome Grave; Sorrow’s Anthem; Tonight I Said Goodbye; Envy the Night

Janet Cheatham Bell The Time and Place That Gave Me Life; Victory of the Spirit: Reflections on My Journey; the Famous Black Quotations series

Joy Shayne Laughter Yü: A Ross Lamos Mystery

Debby Herbenick Sex Made Easy: Your Awkward Sex Questions Answered—For Better, Smarter, Amazing Sex; Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva; Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction

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Derek Richey & Jennifer Sommer-Richey Bloomington Then & Now

Christopher Shaw & Avi A. Katz The Fish on the Dome

Larry Eubank Why Marx Was Wrong

Douglas A. Wissing Funding the Enemy: How US Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban; Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary; Indiana (Falcon Guides Scenic Driving)

Ross Gay Bringing the Shovel Down; Against Which

Micah Ling Sweetgrass; Three Islands; Settlement

Phil Ford Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture

Ford & Dog

Phil Ford & Charlotte

Monika Herzig David Baker: A Legacy in Music

I’m sure I’ve forgotten some people. Pencillistas, kindly let us all know who else is out there in these environs, clacking away to enrich our lives with the printed word. Use the Comments section to set me straight. As for the rest of you: Whaddya waiting for? Get out and start buying books!

One thought on “Quick Hot Air

  1. David Paglis "Cynicism gives the illusion of understanding." says:

    Carol (my wife) and I sometimes read books together. I picked up Joy Shayne Laughter’s on your recommendation. I liked it and Carol really liked it – she has a more flexible imagination than I. That Larry Eubank title appeals to the Republican in me. I’ll get that one and a couple of Michael Koryta’s next time I’m down; I’m thinking the January Science Café. I’ll wait ’til you’re off to pick up the Glenn Beck books – wouldn’t want you to stroke on me.

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