Thursday, May 04, 2006

don't go to perth

...if you are worried that when you come back your scanner might be broken. That's what happened to us. So now we can't scan. What's wrong with it you ask? I don't know, it seems to be something to do with the power supply.

I am reading a freakout of a book, An Ornament of Grace by Jan Smith. I am up to page 80 and I am simultaneously fascinated and appalled. Presumably the full-on antisemitism of the protagonist is going to come to some kind of resolution but maybe not? Smith was apparently a Sydney journalist 'born in an infenitisemally small Queensland town' in 1935. The novel was published in 1966. Amusingly there is the occasional mention of the word 'cod' to denote 'penis' (or perhaps more specifically 'package' a la codpiece, though I am not entirely sure). I had never heard this before. Also I enjoy the idea of an intellectual publication called Current Thought.

I am reading this book because I went down to the library to get Dead Europe again and it is still not on the shelf, though it has been listed as available for some weeks now. I don't see the point in buying it. I already own too many books.

7 comments:

boy said...

Buy Dead Europe and have it out when people come over. Hmm Impressive. It'll be like owning White Heat/ White Light in the 60s.

David said...

I did own White Light/White Heat in the 60s and look where it fucking got me.

boy said...

Sister Ray is my only friend - David, age 3

Annabel said...

Well you've just got that nice new job and your life is good time central. So yes, you do owe it all to sweet, dear, benevolent lou.

David said...

Stirling was always my favourite. Or is it Sterling. Or is it Billy Yule.

boy said...

I'm an Angus MacLise man myself

annabel said...

i think it was Stirling and he was one cool cat.