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Library Additions: Three Harlan Ellison Omnibus Firsts

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Here are three volumes of the Harlan Ellison Edgeworks series I bought off eBay (along with a fourth, Edgeworks 2, that I already had a signed first of, so the extra will go in the next Lame Excuse Books catalog). I think I have first editions of almost all of these, so this is a matter of “title completeness.”

  • Ellison, Harlan. Edgeworks 1: Over the Edge/An Edge in My Voice. White Wolf, 1996. First edition hardback thus (and first hardback edition of Over the Edge, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.
  • Ellison, Harlan. Edgeworks 3: Harlan Ellison’s Hornbook/Harlan Ellison’s Movie. White Wolf, 1997. First edition hardback thus, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Supplements the two-volume Mirage Press set of these same titles.
  • Ellison, Harlan. Edgeworks 4: Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled/The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World. White Wolf, 1998. First edition hardback thus, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.
  • The four volumes were the only ones to appear out of the projected 20 volume series. All four volumes bought off eBay for $25.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Slowdive’s “No Longer Making Time”

    Sunday, May 7th, 2017

    Slowdive’s new self-titled album

    just (iTunes)

    dropped (Amazon).

    Buy it.

    Here’s a live version of “No Longer Making Time,” one of the new tracks:

    The studio version is even prettier.

    BUY!

    IT!

    I’m watching new episodes of MST3K and listening to a new Slowdive album. I’ve obviously died and gone to 1990s Heaven…

    Library Addition: True PBO 1st of Star Wars

    Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

    Picked this up at Half Price Books, and while not along my usual collecting vectors, I knew enough to pick it up.

    Foster, Alan Dean (writing as George Lucas). Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. Ballantine Books, 1976. First edition paperback original (as indicated both by the “First Printing 1976” statement on the copyright page, and by the original Ralph McQuarrie artwork on the cover, which was dropped from all subsequent reprints), a Very Good copy with cover creasing, bottom front corner crease, and general wear.

    Star Wars PB

    Although McQuarrie helped design many of the characters, the versions on the cover of this paperback varies wildly from their on-screen counterparts, and every other subsequent piece of official Star Wars art.

    Library Additions: Two Signed Tanith Lee First Editions

    Monday, May 1st, 2017

    Two signed Tanith Lee books from the same Cold Tonnage Books 50% off sale I got the chapbooks from:

  • Lee, Tanith. Mortal Suns. Overlook Press, 2001. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine- dust jacket with slight bend at head and heel and a touch of wear. Signed and date by Lee “2004/London.” Bought for £7.50.
  • Lee, Tanith. Wolf Wing. Dutton, 2003. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine- dust jacket with a very slight bump at head and a few faint, non-breaking scratches to rear cover. Signed and dated 2008 by Lee. Bought for £7.50.
  • Sunday Shoegazer: Center of the Sun’s “Cease”

    Sunday, February 19th, 2017

    We last featured Center of the Sun for their cover of Slowdive’s “Machine Gun”, but their only album, Machine Gun (which, ironically, doesn’t contain the Slowdive cover) is well worth picking up, and “Cease” is off that.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Blankenberge’s “Feel Alive”

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s Russia’s Blankenberg with “Feel Alive,” which reminds me a little bit of The Cherry Wave (i.e. a noise floor above which floats the melody).

    Joan Jett Covers the Mary Tyler Moore Theme Song

    Thursday, January 26th, 2017

    Mary Tyler Moore, RIP.

    In way of remembrance, here’s Joan jett covering the theme to the Mary Tyler Moore Show (“Love is All Around”) live on Letterman.

    It was either that or the entirety of the “It May look Like A Walnut” episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show

    Library Addition: Crowley’s Chemical Wedding

    Monday, November 21st, 2016

    Here’s an item I picked up backing the Kickstarter:

    Andreae, Johann Valentine and John Crowley. The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days. Small Beer Press, 2016. First edition hardback, a Fine copy, sans dust jacket, as issued. Crowley’s version of the classic work of allegorical, alchemical fiction originally published in Germany in 1616, introduced and annotated by Crowley with two color illustrations. Bought for backing the Kickstarter to the tune of $30.

    chemical-wedding

    Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

    Thursday, October 13th, 2016

    Not a headline from The Onion. A real headline from the world of 2016:

    Bob Dylan, the brilliant, iconoclastic musician who has for decades defied people’s expectations, was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday morning.

    Dylan was awarded the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the American song tradition.”

    One of the most prominent musicians of the last half-century, Dylan had long been rumored to be considered for the prize, but literary watchers considered his name among those in the running a novelty. He is the first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993.

    The room of watchers at the Swedish Academy seemed shocked by the announcement, one calling the decision “radical” when asking Sara Danils, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, about the choice.

    She compared Dylan to the poet Sappho, and then suggested the interviewer begin with Dylan’s record “Blonde on Blonde.”

    Blink.

    Blink.

    I never put any stock in the Nobel Prize in Literature (or Peace, for that matter) and can conceive of worse choices. But I was unaware that Jack Black’s character from High Fidelity was on the Nobel Prize committee.

    So here’s the opening track of Blonde on Blonde:

    Perhaps the lyrics offer a glimpse at how the committee came to its decision…

    File under: 2016. This year…

    Six Degrees of Marty Feldman

    Saturday, September 10th, 2016

    Probably because I was searching for various clips following Gene Wilder’s death, this video about Marty Feldman’s life came up on YouTube. I thought I’d see a few minutes of it and actually ended up watching the whole thing.

    Here in the U.S. Feldman is probably know mainly for appearing in Young Frankenstein, but in the UK he was revered as a radio and TV comic writing and performing genius who held his own working with many of the people who would later form Monty Python. Indeed, Feldman co-wrote the famous “Four Yorkshiremen” skit Python would later adopt as their own, and when Python first went on the air, Feldman was staring in his own Marty show on the BBC.

    It’s worth a watch.