Gentle reader, yesterday was half-price day at the Friends of the Library book sale, so I wandered back up north with my oldest son. Mainly, I wanted to hit the tables of cheap DVDs again, especially as they were going to be fifty cents each (!).
So I did. And I bought a bunch.
Look at that haul. Coupled with the couple of bundles of chapbooks I got on the dollar books side, I spent $20.
The movies include:
- A Cary Grant videocassette that seems to contain three films: Charade, Penny Serenade, and Amazing Adventure. I am pretty sure I have Charade already, which means I spent 12.5 cents each on the other two.
- Hondo with John Wayne, of whom I have a very thin collection.
- The Sacketts, a two videocassette set. C’mon, man, that’s got to be based off of Louis L’Amour books, ainna? To be honest, I didn’t look closely at the videos as I was trying to keep it relatively quick. My boy at almost seventeen has more patience than he did at six, but he’s still no Buddha.
- Medea Goes to Jail. The library had several of these. I’ve never seen a Medea film, but they were pretty popular, ainna?
- National Lampoon’s Barely Legal, a National Lampoon-badged film as apparently I’m a fan (see National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie, National Lampoon’s Adam and Eve, National Lampoon’s Black Ball, National Lampoon’s Vacation, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon I, and so on, and so on….).
- Death Trap which I saw part of in high school (but I missed the second day of for some reason). I read the play in 2020.
- Avengers: Endgame. A library copy, but it was fifty cents. I think we’re missing a lot of the later half of the first phase of the MCU films.
- Discoveries… America: Wisconsin, a documentary about my favorite state.
- Borat, something my son tucked into the stack.
- A Man For All Seasons. I think I read something about the film in a The New Oxford Review recently.
- About a Boy since I’m on a Hugh Grant kick. Well, not so far, but I did recently watch a movie based on a Nick Hornby book, so it’s almost the same thing.
- D.O.A., the original from 1950 and not the later remake with Dennis Quaid (1988). It’s probably due for a reboot, ainna?
- Knocked Up, a Seth Rogen movie. To test if he really annoys me all the time (as he did in The Green Hornet. And note that I picked up this film and I picked up National Lampoon’s Barely Legal, I passed over Zach and Miri Make a Porno. Why? I dunno.
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I’ve seen this before, but not in the theaters.
- Stand Up Guys which looks to be a mob movie.
- 50 First Dates, an Adam Sandler film that I have so far missed.
- The Men Who Stare At Goats, a George Clooney film I saw in the theater.
- Shopgirl starring Steve Martin based on his novel (novella?) which I read in 2006.
- The Forbidden Kingdom, a foreign film which might or might not feature action.
- The Return of the Pink Panther. I have seen bits of these films as a lad (and I was probably disappointed they did not actually feature the Pink Panther cartoon character). I wonder what I will think of them as an adult.
- Return of the One-Armed Swordsman. Another foreign actioner.
- Finding Forrester starring Sean Connery, but not an action film, and to my knowledge he does not wear a futuristic speedo.
- Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone. It only now occurs to me as I type this that it might be included in the four film set I bought that includes Demolition Man. Oh, well, if so, the Lutherans for Life are accepting donations for their summer garage sale.
- Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Perhaps I am only on a Hugh Grant movie buying kick, although I did pass over Bridget Jones’ Diary and on a later table its sequel.
- The Out of Towners, the 1999 remake with Steve Martin and not the 1970 original. Perhaps I am also on a Steve Martin kick. Or at least a Steve Martin movie buying kick.
- The Reader which is that movie where Kate Winslet takes off her clothes artistically. No, the other one. Maybe.
- Rocky Balboa, one of the later Rocky films. Maybe I am on a Sylvester Stallone buying kick, although I did recently watch Demolition Man and The Expendables.
- The Bad News Bears, the remake with Billy Bob Thornton.
- The Best of Gallagher Volume 2. I watched his Showtime specials back in the trailer park an awful lot.
- Mission to Mars, one of the two or three films that came out about the same time about missions to Mars.
- Little Miss Sunshine.
- The Departed.
- The Italian Job, the remake. I bought the original at the same book sale on Thursday. For twice the price, though.
- 21 Jump Street, the comedy film. My son added this to the stack, proving that he was amusing himself at the sale tolerably well, and certainly more frugally than his father.
- The Jade Warrior, a Chinese film.
Guys, that’s 37 or 38 films on physical media for about $17. You can’t beat that with a stick.
So I wrote my first check for $20 and sent my boy to the car with the box of DVDs while I went to the Better Books section.
Where I did some damage.
First off, in my defense, they had a number of audio books and courses that were reasonably priced to begin with and were half off on Saturday. Some years, the volunteers have priced the audio courses at $20 or so, but most of them this sale, at least the ones available on Saturday, were $4, $5, or $8 list price (and half off of that).
So I got a few:
- Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement.
- The Science of Mindfulness.
- How to Make Stress Work For You.
- Patriots: Brotherhood of the American Revolution.
- Meaning from Data.
- Understanding Linguistics: The Science of Language.
- The World Was Never The Same: Events that Changed History.
- The Genius of Michelangelo.
- How to View and Appreciate Great Movies. Although to be honest, I probably could use a course on how to watch middling or bad movies.
- Unqualified by Anna Faris.
Most are on CDs, but some are on DVD (which play in our primary family vehicle without the video). We had thought about driving to Florida for vacation this year, but backed out of it. Now, I’m a little sad we’re not going to spend thirty or forty hours in the car.
Records? Well, the Better Book section generally only has a couple of crates’ worth, but I found a couple of things.
- Black Satin by the George Shearing Quintet. Yes, I know I already have it. But this cover might just be slightly better. Funny story about this record. Not long after I got the first copy of it, my youngest son saw it and was SCANDALIZED because he didn’t know how to spell Satan. So he thought this record was “Black Satan.” Perhaps they call the devil “Old Nick” at his Lutheran school. I don’t know. But when I picked the record up this time, I showed it to my oldest and said, in my best Church Lady impression (which, undeniably, is not very good) “Could it be…. SATIN?” And my oldest had no idea what I was talking about because that skit is, what, 30 years old now?
- About the Blues by Julie London.
- Good King Bad by George Benson.
- Let Me Be Your Woman by Linda Clifford, a 1979 disco/funk 2-record set that not only features a pretty woman on the cover (PWoC), but also a centerfold (where she is wearing more clothing than the cover itself).
Oh, and books? I did pick up a couple of those as well.
I got a couple of art monographs and a couple bundles of chapbooks mostly. The haul includes:
- Lyrics of Lowly Life by Paul Laurence Dunbar. I know, you’re thinking I just bought (well, just two years ago bought) Dunbar’s complete poems. Why do I need this book? Well, need is not the word, but this is a handsome 1914 edition of his third collection originally from 1896.
- The Tao of the Jump Shot by John Fitzsimmons Mahoney.
- Jack Rogers: Cowboy, Fighter Pilot by Marion H. Pendleton. For some reason, the name sounded familiar.
- Chasing Matisse: A Year in France Living My Dream by James Morgan. Not a monograph; looks to be sort of similar to Travels with Epicurus maybe.
- Auguste Rodin: Sculptures and Drawings. It’s been a couple years since I reviewed any Rodin.
- Masaccio: The Complete Paintings by the Master of Perspective by Richard Fremantle.
- Mom at War: A Story of Courage of Love Born of Loss by Todd Parnell. Not a monograph. Pleased to see I haven’t bought it before. I did pass over several copies of Privilege and Privation. Which is good since I apparently bought copies both in 2021 and 2022.
I also picked up a couple of bundles of chapbooks/pamphlets for $1 per bundle. Included in the bundles were:
- Three Hallmark Treasures titles, The Magic of Children, In Quiet Places, and What Is a Friend. Basically Ideals magazine, but smaller.
- Three Salesian Mission booklets that you got for a mail-in donation or as a come-on for the same: Golden Moments, The Way, and Love Everlasting. Kind of like Hallmark Treasure titles, but they fit in a #10 envelope. Will I count each as an individual title in the 2023 reading log? Given how fast I’m knocking out books this year, probably!
- Letters from July by Nicole Simone. This is a 2021 title, so relatively young to be in a bundle at the FOL book sale.
- Heirarchy by Jeremy Daryl. The POD date at the end is 2022. Perhaps a local literary magazine donated books sent in for review.
- With Ridiculous Caution by Susan Stevens. From 2013.
- Shin Splints by Dorothy Stroud.
- Songs for the Grandaughters published by the Friends of the Lincoln-Lancaster Commission on the Status of Women. Oh, boy. Poetry by commission. I can wait.
- The Best of Wheat and a Little Chaff Number II by Leah Lathrom Wallace. And just like that, I am the biggest collector of Leah Lathrom Wallace poetry in the country (since I also got the first volume in a similar bundle some years ago and read it in 2018.
Whew! That’s quite a catalog.
I have to admit that I had the same giddy feeling after making this haul as I used to when I’d get paid on a Friday night, cash my check at the courtesy counter of the grocery store where I worked, and take the bus to the mall and blow it all. I’d get home, unpack the bags of video games, cassettes, books, and movies onto my bed, and anticipate all of them and savor choosing where to begin.
Now, clearly, I have chosen to share the bounty with you, gentle reader.