Wednesday, May 25, 2005

New York Review Book Trolling, 6/09/2005 edition

I always love to troll the book ads in the NYRB before I even get to any of the review or articles. This month's haul (of ideas to add to my wishlist):

One Nation, UninsuredOne Nation, Uninsured*sigh*
The Future Of The Brain: The Promise And Perils Of Tomorrow's Neuroscience by Steven RoseThe Future Of The Brain: The Promise And Perils Of Tomorrow's Neuroscience by Steven Rose
Misanthropology: A Florilegium of Bahumbuggery by Reneau H. ReneauMisanthropology: A Florilegium of Bahumbuggery by Reneau H. ReneauThis one looks delightful!
Stelzer's Travels: A Voyage to a Sensible Planet by Dan HurwitzStelzer's Travels: A Voyage to a Sensible Planet by Dan HurwitzAnother utopia, apparently
Dreaming In Red: The Women's Dionysian Initiation Chamber in Pompeii by Linda Fierz-David, Nor HallDreaming In Red: The Women's Dionysian Initiation Chamber in Pompeii by Linda Fierz-David, Nor HallNot quite sure what to make of this, but might be interesting ...
Rude Awakenings From The American Dream by Richard HarshamRude Awakenings From The American Dream by Richard HarshamThe title makes this book appear to belong with Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Anarchism : A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume One (Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas) by Robert Graham, Maurice Spira (Illustrator)Anarchism : A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume One (Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas) by Robert Graham, Maurice Spira (Illustrator)Always had a particular attraction to anarchism (the leftist kind of course)
Christianity Without Fairy Tales: When Science and Religion MergeChristianity Without Fairy Tales: When Science and Religion MergeThis is a must-have
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (New York Review Books Classics) by Angus WilsonAnglo-Saxon Attitudes (New York Review Books Classics) by Angus WilsonThis one's been around for a while of course but I haven't recorded it yet.
No god but God : The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan No god but God : The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza AslanThis one's been on my wishlist for about a month now but I noticed the ad in this month's NYRB and thought it was worth listing it.
Knight's Own Book Of Chivalry (Middle Ages) by GEOFFROI DE CHARNY, ELPETH KENNEDYKnight's Own Book Of Chivalry (Middle Ages) by GEOFFROI DE CHARNY, ELPETH KENNEDY
From Athens to Auschwitz : The Uses of History, by Christian Meier, Deborah Lucas Schneider (Translator)From Athens to Auschwitz : The Uses of History, by Christian Meier, Deborah Lucas Schneider (Translator)Well, the title is certainly intriguing
The Middle East under Rome, by Maurice Sartre, Catherine Porter (Translator), Elizabeth Rawlings (Translator)The Middle East under Rome, by Maurice Sartre, Catherine Porter (Translator), Elizabeth Rawlings (Translator)Could be dry as a bone but potentially interesting


Not all of these will end up in my wishlist. Some look rather dry.Readers will note this list is severely light in fiction. Yeah, I am very picky about fiction. If it's been recommended, or it's by Steven Saylor, sure. (I went through an "if it's by Anne Rice" phase about 10 years ago but that ended after Memnoch the Devil. Wish it had ended before.)

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