SELECTED TITLES FROM THE BEST PILE OF FREE BOOKS LEFT ON THE SIDEWALK IVE ENCOUNTERED TO DATE
Often people leave free books in boxes outside their brownstones in my neighborhood. I invariably peep the offerings, which usually have one or two books I'll take home, and always provide an interesting profile of their former owner. There was an exceptional situation a few blocks from my place today. Here's what I took home and what I didn't:
- •"Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties" by Rainer Maria RilkeThis was the first title that grabbed me while scanning to gauge overall quality of selection. Copped.
- •"The Real Life of Sebastian Knight" by NabokovNabokov's first novel in English, been on the "to read" list since 2011. Note to self: make a "to read" list on list app. Copped.
- •"Living with Hypothyroidism" by Alan Rubin and Sarah BrewerDid not cop.
- •"Say Her Name" by Francisco GoldmanI don't know anything about this but Junot Diaz gave a blurb and I respect him. Copped.
- •"A Thousand Plateaus" by Deleuze and GuattariCosts minimum $18 at a book store. Copped.
- •"Rotten English" edited by Dohra AhmadJunot Diaz also gave a blurb for this one. Does Junot Diaz give hella blurbs or did the former owners of these books only read novels he recommends?? Copped.
- •"The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning" by Sean P. GallagherCD attached. Nevertheless did not cop.
- •n+1 Research Branch Pamphlet Series #2 "What We Should Have Known: Two Discussions"I am an n+1 devotee but this book's subject is a mystery. The back cover reads obscurely; "it was like a hiatus in my life. I did stuff before college and I did stuff after college, but what the hell did I do in college?" Copped.
- •"Brooklyn" by Colm ToibinI already read this. Junot Diaz gave a blurb. Beginning to suspect he is the Ebert of contemporary fiction. Did not cop.
- •"The Intelligence of Evil or The Lucidity Pact" by Jean BaudrillardRead "Simulacra and Simulation" my sophomore year of college and it blew my mind and changed my life. Copped.
- •"Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road" by Willie NelsonHOLY SHIT. Confirming that this is the best books-left-on-sidewalk-for-free situation of all time. Copped, without a doubt.