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.
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.
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
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
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
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!