Good Book Album Media Hunting, Saturday, September 16, 2023: Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Library Book Sale

Well, gentle reader, as with the last few sales, I was not sure whether I would schlep all the way to the other side of town to buy records and books that would, maybe, barely fit onto my existing shelves. I asked my beautiful wife Friday night if she would like to go, and she made sounds like maybe she would go just to go with me but one of us should be around to pick up the student athlete from school in the early afternoon on Saturday. So I asked my oldest son if he would like to go, and he answered with relative enthusiasm that he would. So he and I went and met with the crowd of the first hour of half price day.

We only went to the dollar section, which is half the sale but included not only books (which I didn’t really browse) as well as records, audio books, and DVDs which were fifty cents each. Those, I browsed.

And bout a few.

I only got a few books, browsing the poetry and philosophy sections on the way out. I did get a bundle of chapbooks/pamphlets for a dollar; since I just read one such short work on fraktur, I was eager to see what was available. But there was only one such bundle, which I bought.

I got:

  • Bullshit and Philosophy edited by Gary L. Hardcastle and George A. Reisch. Is reflections on On Bullshit? Time will tell.
  • The Vision of Sir Launfal by James Russell Lowell, an Arthurian legend in verse. Originally published in 1848, this book is not quite that old, but could be 100 years old or so. It pains me how recently a book published a hundred years ago would have been published.
  • Milton: Minor Poems edited by William Allan Neilson. Do not confuse this Lake English Classics edition with Milton’s Minor Poems edited by Philo Melvyn Buck in the Eclectic English Classics edition which I read in 2020. I am hoovering up the little pocket editions from this era which are still in pretty good shape, although this book is an ex-library edition with the attendant marks. The book sale had two copies of this particular volume; I picked up this one because it had a better cover.
  • What I’ve Learned About Life in the Ozarks… Our Kids’ Perspective. a 2004 fundraiser by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) ot the Ozarks, a collection of short quotes by kids and photos. The kind of thing that I would pick up, but my son threw this into the box. But he’s not here to claim it now, so into the unread stacks it goes.
  • How It Was: Remembered and Fabricated by Orvey C. Buck, a self-published collection of poems from…. well, one of the included chapbooks is dated 1989, and the font is monospace, so it might have been laid out on a typewriter. Even so, the collection is probably contemporaneous with my first chapbooks.
  • One World, One Heart by Susan Polis Schultz. But didn’t I already read it? Yes. But it was the chapbook facing out on the one bundle I bought. So I got another copy. It reminds me of buying poly packets of used jukebox 45s back in the day. You could see the first and last one, and you were generally gambling on what was in between.
  • Nutshell People and Other Biota by Mykia Taylor (1989).
  • Timberlines by Mable A. Lybyer (?).
  • The Little Wilderness Poems by Mary Holman Grimes.

I also picked up five bundles of The Missouri Conservationist magazine to look for photos I can use in d├ęcoupage. The magazines were essentially a nickel each, which is below even yard sale prices.

Before I hit the books, though I went through the albums. The sale did not have many, but not many people were looking through them. Still I picked up a couple.

  • Gap Mangione! When I looked at the cover, I thought, “Man, I didn’t recognize him without a hat.” But this is Cap Mangione, Chuck Mangione’s brother. It would appear that their relationship was/is better than the Gallagher brothers.
  • Living Together by Burt Bacharach.
  • In Orbit by The Three Suns.
  • This Is Perry Como.
  • Greatest Hits by B.J. Thomas so I can play his biggest hit for my boys to hear without the ooka chocka locka.
  • Sami Jo by Sami Jo. Pretty Woman on Cover (PWoC). With most of these, you can guess mid 70s folk country, and so it is here: her second album from 1976, and her last.
  • Party Boots by Boots Randolph. A two record set. Might already have it, but I spent fifty cents to make sure.
  • Montenegro in Italy by Hugh Montenegro. The composer/band leader behind the iconic spaghetti western themes.
  • Traces of Love by Jane Morgan. I have at least one of her records around here somewhere (research on this blog and certainly not any sort of organization of the Nogglestead music library indicates The Sounds of Silence and In My Style).
  • Mediterranean Cruise by Frank Carle and his orchestra.
  • Songs You Love To Remember by The Mills Brothers.
  • Melissa Manchester by Melissa Manchester. “You like Melissa Manchester, don’t you?” I asked my wife, hoping to make this whole orgy of profligacy about her.
  • Aces High by Ace Cannon.
  • Unfailing Love by Evie. Since I got her Christmas album, maybe I’m an Evie fan. Or maybe it was just fifty cents so why not.
  • Soft Lights and Sweet Music by Percy Faith and his orchestra. Apparently, this is a 1977 reissue of a 1950s original. But PWoC. Holy cats, that young lady is adorable. And if that young lady is still alive, she’s nearing eighty.
  • When Your Lover Has Gone by Teresa Brewer. A jazz singer; I’d never heard of her before.
  • Colours of Love by Hugh Montenegro. I might already have this, but it was fifty cents, so it’s best to make sure. And it would double my chances of finding it in the music library if I ever wanted to.
  • Return of the Wayfaring Stranger by Burl Ives.
  • Burl Ives and the Folk Singers Three.
  • It’s Not Just My Funny Way of Laughing by Burl Ives.
  • Singin’ Easy by Burl Ives.
  • The Versatile Burl Ives. I mean, if I really get into Burl Ives, I’d hate to spend more than $3 for a set of his records.

It’s funny how the sale has its gluts of different things. This sale had a lot of Rose Maddox, for example, where other sales have had a lot of Spanish or Brazilian music. Unfortunately, or fortunately according to my pocket book, this sale didn’t have a lot of tempting records. We might be running out of that window where I’ll find a lot of 40s-60s jazz and easy listening available. Those grandparents are probably all about downsized by now.

After the records, I hit the DVDs and pretty much collected anything that I might want to ever see.

The takings include:

  • Get Carter, a Stallone actioner of a bygone age.
  • A Quite Place, that movie about aliens that locate humans by sound.
  • Dallas Buyers Club.
  • Don Juan DeMarco, a Johhny Depp film from a bygone age.
  • How To Be A Latin Lover, which looks to be a comedy with Selma Hayek, Rob Lowe, and Kristen Bell.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the Pitt and Jolie action comedy(?).
  • A Little Unprofessional, a comedy special by Ron White. Although I apparently did not pick up the one by Larry the Cable Guy.
  • The Bookshop; I read the book in 2021.
  • Corky Romano with Chris Kattan. Heaven forgive me, but I took my wife to see this in the theaters.
  • Toy Soldiers which is not Little Green Men but instead a Louis Gossett, Jr., movie with Sam Gamgee in it.
  • Iron Mask which surely must be a retelling of the Dumas story starring Arnold Schwarzenneggar and with Jackie Chan.
  • Rocketman, the Elton John biopic which my son slipped into the stack.
  • Legionnaire, a Jean-Claude Van Damme film.
  • La La Land.
  • Bringing Down The House with Steve Martin and Queen Latifah which is not the story of the MIT card counters. I don’t think.
  • Knives Out which is a relatively new film. I’m not sure I want to see it, but maybe someday the mood will strike me.
  • Medea on the Run, one of two Medea movies I picked up. My son was stunned.
  • 15:17 to Paris; I might already have it, but I spent 50 cents just in case not.
  • Underworld which I saw a long time ago when it was new, but I have not followed the franchise.
  • Cry Macho, a recentish Clint Eastwood movie.
  • Brimstone which is not the turn-of-the-century Sci-Fi series but a western. Hopefully, not to much of a modern Western.
  • A Madea Family Funeral, #2 of 2.
  • The Predator, a recent entry in the franchise likely to disappoint me.
  • Fantastic 4 which I might already have.
  • Ambulance, a Michael Bay film the boy wanted.
  • Ad Astra, a Brad Pitt film I am not sure I heard of, but the boy wanted.
  • The Poseidon, a remake of The Poseidon Adventure. No Ernest Borgnine, no Shirley Winters, no Leslie Nielson as a straight man. I expect to be disappointed.
  • Better Off Dead with John Cusack. I’ve been kinda looking for this one, so I’m excited.
  • Argo.
  • Tomb Raider, the new one with Alicia Vikander.
  • Crazy Rich Asians.
  • The Legend of Bruce Lee, a documentary.
  • Clash of the Titans, the remake.
  • Wildthings with Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, and Denise Richards.
  • Casino Royale, the first of the Daniel Craig Bond movies. I saw it in the theaters, and it’s the only ones of the Craig set I’ve seen.
  • Baywatch, the comedy remake.
  • The Master Gunfighter starring Tom Laughlin. You know, Billy Jack. Well, I would not have known either (although I am pretty sure I have seen at least parts of The Legend of Billy Jack because my sainted mother liked the movie or maybe Tom Laughlin).
  • First Blood, the first Rambo movie.
  • Patch Adams and What Dreams May Come, a Robin Williams double feature.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the first in the series which I also might have seen in the theater.
  • Olympus Has Fallen, one of the Obama-era “terrorists/bitter clingers have attacked the White House!” movies. Probably enough time has passed I can view the movie on its own merits and not part of the contemporaneous coastal zeitgeist.
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, a later (well, not Netflix-later) Sandler comedy.
  • The Producers with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.
  • The Deer Hunter, the Vietnam movie which captured my son’s attention.
  • Zoolander No. 2–well, it was only fifty cents.
  • Kick-Ass 2.
  • Beowulf which has a computer-assisted Angelina Jolie in it, ainna?
  • The Death of Stalin, an ensemble comedy from a bygone era more bygone than other bygone eras I’ve mentioned so far.
  • Trading Places, the Dan Ackroyd/Eddie Murphy comedy from the early 1980s.

Holy cats, that’s fifty films. I haven’t watched the last fifty I bought yet.

Looking at the list, I’m somewhat surprised just how heavily weighted it is to franchises, remakes, or reboots. But I suppose I should not be. Also, I have determined the place to get later films on DVD will be library book sales, as some of the later titles here were ex-library holdings–and libraries might be the only DVD release some titles get.

I also picked up two courses, Starting Out In Chinese and Shakespeare: The Great Comedies. So I just need to start commuting again or something to listen to these and the others I’ve acquired.

At any rate, the check made out to FOL totaled $40. If I had stopped in the Better Books Section, I would have spent more, perhaps on art monographs or old books, but I would also have had to eventually shelve them. Which is a sore subject right now as work at Nogglestead required us to move six bookshelves and their contents. It only took a little over an hour, but still.

I would proffer a pool, gentle reader, as to which film you would expect me to watch first. I cannot participate, gentle reader, as I have already watched it. But you can speculate in the comments if you would like.

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