2001 / december / 06

more things to do when you're ill

Doing a Letterman: here's... my favourite books from my bookshelve!
(and yes, that's a singular)
C.E.J. Freyer: A history of slipping and slip carriages ... am i kidding? no, i kid u not! The subject's more interesting than the writing but i've always been utterly fascinated by this apparently typically british railway custom. Of which still not much is known, this book is the definite work and stretches to a full 96 pages.
Douglas Copeland: Generation X ... to show you kids my age. Seriously, he hasn't written much decent since, but this book is packed with oldfashioned storytelling, both in the main body and in the sidebars (which don't come out nearly as well in the current print versions - it's worth reading the old, odd-sized edition)
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh: the book of wisdom vol. II. There are so many Osho books, there must be thousands, and i'm very happy with the four i've got. Some i bought the gave away, others were left for the next person to read... but this one i've always kept, as it's the first Osho book i read. Great to open on a random page and read for a bit. Lots of jokes and old sufi tales in these discourses on Atisha. And wisdom.
Roald Dahl: De fantastische meneer Vos. From childhood, hence in dutch. Fantastic. I'm not a big Dahl fan in general but this one is just so, well, complete. Not too long. Not too short. Colourful characters. A cheerful hero. Over-the-top villains. And a happy ending that's so much too good to be true that you don't even think about it being too much, it's just happy ever after, full stop.
... i want to go back to bed again. More on these sometime later: Tonke Dragt: Ogen van tijgers, Herman Hesse: Siddharta, Hendrik van Teylingen: Dronken olifanten, Oek de Jong: De hemelvaart van Massimo.

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