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Shelf Life: November 2012

By Nico | January 31, 2013 | Comments Off

Books Read November 2012

Lots of review stuff this month. I’m going to leave it very short, as I’m very behind.

The Grotesque in And Literature, by Wolfgang Kayser143. The Grotesque in Art and Literature, by Wolfgang Johannes Kayser
(McGraw-Hill, 1963)

A collection of essays discussing the origins and evolution of the grotesque in art and literature. It was dry, and I felt left out – I hadn’t read many of the books in question, so I couldn’t follow the points he was trying to develop. It may fare better on rereading it at a later date.

144. Probably Inevitable, by Matthew Tierney
(Coach House Books, 2012)

Toronto-based Matthew Tierney’s third poetry collection. Review forthcoming in Broken Pencil. Continue reading

Shelf Life: July 2011

By Nico | August 12, 2011 | Comments Off

2011 July Books Read - Click for larger image

So, I started this little section called Shelf Life, where I write brief comments about the books I’ve read in a given month. June was the first month I did this, where I read eleven books and two graphic novels.

I’m a little late in getting this up for July’s books. I’d planned to write it up as I went along, but it got by the wayside as other deadlines and commitments took greater priority. But it’s done now, so for your (and, often, my) reading pleasure, I offer the following:

Psychogeography, by Merlin Coverley68. Psychogeography, by Merlin Coverley

I got interested in the idea of psychogeography after reading a little about it online, and there was a bit of buzz about it because of Will Self’s column in the Independent of the same name. The columns were collected and published in book form, and I read the first volume in May. I wasn’t thrilled with it, but it sufficed to pique my interest further, and I wanted to learn more about where it comes from.

Enter Coverley. Psychogeography is intended to serve as a small introduction to the subject, and it does that to a certain extent, but in the dullest prose possible for what should be a fascinating subject.

I’ll keep looking for new books on the subject, and if anyone knows a good book on the history and practice of psychogeography I’d love a recommendation. Continue reading