I went out cruising the bookstores with my wife and mother today, which resulted in a somewhat gargantuan and no doubt rashly timed book haul:
- Collected Poems: Tony Harrison
- Selected Poems 1908-1969: Ezra Pound
- All Shot Up: Chester Himes
- Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand: Samuel R. Delany
- Maigret Mystified: Georges Simenon
- 10,000 Light-Years From Home: James Tiptree Jr
- Shards Of Space: Robert Sheckley
- The Saint In New York: Leslie Charteris
- The Princess And The Goblin: George MacDonald
- Fundamental Disch: Thomas M. Disch
- Johnny And The Dead: Terry Pratchett
- Melmoth The Wanderer: Charles Robert Maturin
- Marriages and Infidelities: Joyce Carol Oates
- Damned To Fame - The Life Of Samuel Beckett: James Knowlson
- Asimov's Guide To The Bible
- Raymond Chandler - A Biography: Tom Hiney
- The Real Life Of Anthony Burgess: Andrew Biswell
(The image at the head of this post is courtesy jef safi. It's the Sator Square, a mnemonic device that dates back to Roman times and may have been used to remember a religious or magical formula. Another fascinating historical method of extending the human memory was the memory palace.)
Oh my. Some envy and some awe. Where did you find these?
Bookworm+Blossom so the haul was within 4K.
You have identified a problem we all have. So you could be the solution. All you have to do is write The Mnemonical Guide to Literature. Using this guide, one could remember the whole canon in no time. Take, for instance, the first line of Moby Dick, "Call me Ishmael." The mnemonic is "Cauterise my intestines." And so on, through the book. With this method, one could recall Ulysses in less time than it takes to remember how to say mnemonic.
Fascinating book haul! It's a kind of voyeurism peeking into someone's library
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