Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: a confederacy of dunces, james joyce, john kennedy toole, new books, nora, nora joyce, used books
Much to my surprise I arrived home the other day and my partner had picked up eight books for $2 at the thrift store. I seldom shop for books at the thrift store (despite the low cost) as I never seem to find anything worth while. Most used stores will have a decent array of trashy romance novels and beach read mysteries, but seldom have I found anything I felt an urge to purchase. Two of the finds in particular brightened my day: Nora a biography of Nora Joyce (James Joyce’s wife) and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (a book I have always wanted, but I have a great aversion to the most recent cover).
When I was younger I always demanded new books and delved into and enjoyed the crisp and clean pages. Unfortunately, my crush on things new lasted into my freshman year at college where I found myself a good deal poorer after purchasing new textbooks. Ah, the follies of youth. Recently, however, I have found myself at the complete opposite end of the new and used book spectrum as the well-loved and inexpensive books second hand stores promise have wiggled their way into my heart. Additionally, I am also fascinated with the lasting possibilities of books versus other print (i.e. newspapers, magazines) publications.