Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Nabokov, Fitzgerald, Proust



What I really wanted were the two tall bookshelves that wouldn’t fit in the trunk. Now I need them that much more.


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18 comments:

Conrad DiDiodato said...

I'd like to see a Kindle or iPad e-reader replace this!Somethings are just too venerable to change.

Kenneth Griggs said...

Those are some great titles. Swann's Way sticks in my mind like few other titles I've ever read.

William Michaelian said...

Conrad, I’m surprised they haven’t come up with a device that looks and feels like a book on the outside, but has a screen inside. Sort of a “retro-reader.”

Ken, I’ve yet to have the pleasure. Not sure when I’ll get to Proust, but I will. Just don’t tap on my casket lid, because you might disturb my reading....

Gerry Boyd said...

All right Michaelian, what have you done with the second volume of Moncrieff's translation? I want answers and I want them now.

William Michaelian said...

Okay, okay — I’ll talk. My son has it. He keeps it in a Swiss bank account. But that’s all I know. Does this mean I can keep my fingers?

Gerry Boyd said...

Sure William, just teasing. I happen to love Proust and volume one just looked so lonely.

William Michaelian said...

Whew! That’s a relief. And to think I could have simply told the truth.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

HI William!
books are treasures, there is an unspoken respect, you know a book does not throw away .... when I moving house the first thing I that I moved are the books and I felt almost perverse pleasure by put them in order again. Our books talk about us

ps: Lolita is one on my favourite titel I love this psychological theme

William Michaelian said...

Laura, I did exactly the same thing when we moved to this house. It sounds like we’re as perverse as Nabokov!

Rachel said...

Lieber William,

auch ich kenne diese Bücher, na das ist auch sicher normal, als Bibliothekarin sind sie einfach nicht nur Pflicht, auch Vergnügen.

herzliche Grüße, Rachel

William Michaelian said...

Ah, Rachel, as a librarian you are in a special position — yearning and caring for so many books, and seeing a patron’s character revealed by the way he or she handles them....

Momo Luna said...

Ha, going to the store and come back home with something else you had in mind, i recognize that as well. But what a great books. I have the same problem William, not enough bookshelves. :-)

William Michaelian said...

Yes, and the bigger the problem, the happier we become....

vazambam said...

Nothing better than a house full of books with not enough bookshelves--bookworms scattered everywhere--and who needs order? Much of the joy of having stacks of books lurking in every corner is coming across many old friends while looking for one in particular!

William Michaelian said...

So true! Under this roof, that’s a daily experience. Still, I’m comforted by walls of books. Enough shelves, and painting is a thing of the past!

Gary B. Fitzgerald said...

Two Library Poems


1.

Had a friend who always planned
to break into the library one night
and secretly swap the history section
with fiction. Just to make things right.


2.

Like library stacks except missing
whole sections of subjects and stories,
wide holes on empty shelves, dusty,
missing, my history. Family secrets
gone to grave, never in the planned
or sufficient time relayed. Mysteries.
Like a book in the toothless library,
torn and missing pages, whole chapters
gone, our histories.



.
Copyright 2009 - Ponds and Lawns, Gary B. Fitzgerald

Joseph Hutchison said...

Quite a joke to sandwich This Side of Paradise in the middle. I supposed you put Middlemarch at the end!

William Michaelian said...

Gary, thanks. I like them both. As always, your complement is a compliment.

Joe, it’s getting late and I’m fresh out of snappy comebacks. But I will get even, someday, somewhere, when you least expect it....