Friday, February 15, 2008

Personal Days—the online experience!

Refresh, refresh: Set a tab on your browser and visit the official website for Personal Days! (This is a holding page until a fuller-fledged version appears closer to pub date.)

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I like Susan Dominus's new NYT column, Big City. In the latest installment, she talks to an aspiring 32-year-old novelist about how he bought an Upper East Side co-op for $14,000.

Dizzyhead challenge: How many books in his bookcase can you identify by the spine alone? (I can name five with certainty...I wish the photo could be blown up larger!)

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Blogger GS said...

I see Sexual Personae (Camille Paglia) and two books by Carver...and maybe A.M. Homes "The End of Alice" on the top shelf?

11:24 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Cool! I see the Paglia, and also: on the shelf to his right, Jane Smiley's MOO; on the case to his left, third shelf down, Stephen Dixon's FROG, and below that, second from left, Updike's Picked Up Pieces....

11:28 AM  
Blogger Jynne Martin said...

on the bottom two shelves on left -Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves hardcover and also The Metaphysical Club hardcover. now my eyes hurt. I love the website Ed!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Levi Stahl said...

Just to the left of the Carver is The Complete Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald and another Fitzgerald to its left. The God of Small Things is, I think, midway on the fourth shelf on the right, and I think that narrow two-toned Penguin on the top right is one of Coetzee's shorter novels--In the Heart of the Country, maybe? Is Richard Ford's The Sportswriter between the Carvers and Fitzgeralds--or is the spine band not red enough? And is it just my Jonathan Swift love that has me seeing that Norton Critical Edition on the fourth shelf on the right being their Swift volume?

And, um, maybe this is inappropriate, but the dude looks, at least in this photo, disconcertingly like me. If I find out I've got a co-op in Manhattan I didn't know about, I promise I'll be at least as happy as I am freaked out.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

FUNNY, because when I first saw the photo, I did a double-take: "Levi...?"

4:32 PM  
Blogger Adam Siegel said...

Is that "Memoirs of a Geisha" on the top shelf (below the green frame)? I _think_ that might be a Faber edition of Philip Larkin (letters?) on the same (bottom) shelf as the Updike, closer to the window. "The God of Small Things" is halfway between the two. Richard Ford's 1990 "Best American Short Stories" in the lower left of the picture? With a bunch of Updike hardbacks lined up above it? I thought I was the only one who did this.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I do this with furniture catalogs, too!

I'll see your Geisha and raise you a Lake Wobegon Days (lowest shelf closest to the window, third spine from the right)...

7:54 AM  

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