Sunday, October 11, 2009

More Hectoring Regarding the Book Sale

Books by Girls: Update

As I so assiduously alerted you on Friday, it's the weekend of the Friends of the Multnomah County Library Annual Book Sale. Those of you who haven't turned out yet, I will expect to see today.

I also told you about the alarming imbalance of my recent reading material, and I entered the Sale Friday night with the half-assed intention of stocking up on books by, you know, girls. This resolution was, lamentably, quickly forgotten as soon as I actually started pawing through the materials.

The big motherload this year was books on casette, which were cheap and plentiful. Let's see how I did in my strip-mining of this department.

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility -- FEMALE!
Gibbons, the first 2/3 of Decline and Fall... -- Male.
William Henry Hudson, The Story of the Renaissance -- Male.
Dickens, Great Expectations -- Male.
Zola, The Gin Palace -- Male.
Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall -- Sounds female! But male.
Turgenev, Fathers and Sons -- Very Male.
E.M. Forster, Howards End -- Male.
George Elliot, The Mill on the Floss -- Sounds male. But FEMALE!!!
Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall -- FEMALE!
George Elliot, Adam Bede -- Still FEMALE!!!
Then after that, it was mostly art books and CDs and an old textbook, and then some Shakespeare and John Ford (Male) and some poetry, Housman and Eliot (Male), and actually only one popular sort of book, by the science fiction writer C.J. Cherryh (FEMALE!). Not bad, not bad.

So What's the Point?

My point is, there are gazillions of books still for sale by people of all genders! 1625 NE Sandy, open until 5 p.m. today (Sunday), or you can paw through the rubble for half price tomorrow, Monday, from 9 to 3. Attendance is mandatory.

I should have been in marketing.


Nichim said...

Stop it, stop it, you're torturing me. I have enough books I have enough books Ihaveenoughbooks enoughbooksenoughenoughenough!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Three cheer for chick authors! Hip hip . . .

Jenners said...

I'm happy to go to the book sale if you'll pay for my airfare.

Ben said...

I was going to go, but you already bought all the stuff I wanted.

Elaine said...

My favorite part of this "cherchez la femme" post is your use of "motherLOAD."
That is too true...and better than a thousand pictures.... Yep, I can say I know all about the "motherload," for sure!
...but I will mention that the word is motherLODE (originally referring to the subject ore/mining but also useful in metaphorical ways.)

thanks for the chuckle!

KarmaSartre said...

Got anything by one of them Shemales I've read about?

Aviatrix said...

You name Multnomah County and netizen geeks the world over have one instant association: hey! that's the place with the mental hospital that needed a Klingon translator.

Fellow geeks, am I right?

Michael5000 said...

@Aviatrix: Really? I know nothing of this Klingon translator incident. But I'm already proud of it.