in downtown, there's this little used book shop that i never would have looked in had they not given me entirely store credit in return for a hundred or so books i tried to sell them in january. perusing the stacked shelves of this shop becomes a pastime in its own right once you realize that all these books ended up here in a sort of curation-by-coincidence; perfectly interesting (yet in some way excess) books bestowed upon this happy little place by all different kinds of strangers. there are are about 9 shelves of german-language books as opposed to 3 shelves of spanish which i find very curious -- and there's an entire row of science nonfiction as opposed to a third of a row of philosophy and a single shelf of cookbooks. they also sell maps (USA & world) and pages of old comics (which i found are on sale for $1 each this week). not many young people in here but that's expected & okay -- after all, i'm just here to find cool things and spend my store credit and have fun.
last time i was here i bought a few philosophy books (+ some CDs), but today i branched out. i've been thinking i need to put my spanish to use again, so i found an anthology of some verse by lorca and a novel by carmen laforet (whom i've never read before). i picked up a cute little copy of franny and zooey even though i already own one -- my english teacher told me that paperbacks were popularized by soldiers in WWII, as reading was the only entertainment in the trenches and these things fit right into the coat pockets of army uniforms. this novel was published after the war, but i was thinking of this whole coat pocket thing when i saw this one (it's tiny & perfect for carrying around). the find i'm most excited about is the OST to wong kar wai's in the mood for love, which is my mother's favorite film. i saw fallen angels a few weeks ago and fell absolutely in love. next is chungking express, and then in the mood for love. even though i haven't seen the film yet, when i saw this CD i just had to have it.
my favorite scene from fallen angels:
next time, i'm going to come back with my friend ana, and we're going to explore the philosophy shelf more closely. she loves existentialism so hopefully there will be a lot of sartre when we go. (i can't imagine sartre being in high demand in this tiny technology/VC-focused town in 2015 so i think we will be fine.) i'm hoping to find foucault and maybe umberto eco (my mother's recommendation). today i tried to look for alain de botton but no luck. anyway, i'm playing the in the mood for love OST right now, and i'm really glad to have found this one.