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Post #1182 • May 22, 2008, 3:47 PM • 12 Comments

Yesterday Supergirl and I hung out with fellow Dorsch artist and future comics great Chris Meesey in Los Angeles. After dinner at Hugo's (tamale casserole, ginger lemonade, lime cornbread strawberry shortcake), Meesey offered, "So, you wanna go to a used bookstore?"

"Aw yeah." In my back pocket, a credit card winced. Off to Iliad Books (warning: link requires goggles) we went. Here's the damage:

Roger Avermaete's Dutch monograph of Frans Masereel, published in harcover by Mercatorfonds (Antwerp), 13 x 11.75 inches, 252 pages, over 500 illustrations, two dozen tipped-in illustrations including a striking self-portrait on cream paper, replacement slipcase, $75.

Jean Leymarie's giant Balthus monograph, 14.5 x 13.5 inches, first printing from 1979, 74 tipped-in illustrations, $35.

Brazillier's fascsimile of Matisse's 1936 drawing portfolio, forwarded by Christian Zervos and Tristan Tzara, $35.

Brazillier's Henri Matisse Jazz. You can pick these up for a song (I paid $12.50) but I didn't have a copy yet, and I had just seen some actual plates on display in a tiny, intense room at LACMA.

Also: Thomas Cleary's translation of Dogen's Shobogenzo and a 1978 copy of Kant's Critique of Judgment. I grabbed something off of Meesey's pile to pay for it. He did the same before I could stop him, so I ended up with a copy of Pentti Otsamo's The Fall of Homunculus.

Life is good!

Comment

1.

Clem

May 22, 2008, 5:15 PM

I'm a due-paying member of the shelf-fitters local 208 myself!

I was just recently in Vancouver and picked up a half dozen books, only to mosey down to Portland and end up buying a second suitcase. You know you're in trouble when you're spending more on books than accommodations...

2.

ahab

May 22, 2008, 6:09 PM

Does Chris Meesey know the correct spelling of 'withdrawel', I wonder? Otherwise I'm diggin' on Nucular Neal - I mean, I like it.

3.

Chris Rywalt

May 22, 2008, 6:50 PM

Matisse for a dollar! How is any mere mortal to resist?

4.

roy

May 22, 2008, 6:51 PM

Good god that menu looks awesome...and we just read through breakfast...my wife is an avid vegetarian cook and she's pretty stoked. Tonight I get to finish the rest of her raw chocolate avocado pie...might sound a bit weird but it's incredible, especially as this is it's fourth incarnation (it gets tweaked each go round).

5.

Franklin

May 22, 2008, 7:07 PM

Clem, Supergirl was careful to remind me who is going to do the heavy book lifting if we end up moving.

Ahab, I caught that too. At least he can retype it. When I put the apostrophe in the wrong place here I had to run a gauntlet. Good thing I save early versions.

Roy, I have had an avocado-based desert and I wasn't eager to repeat the experience. Let me know when you get the recipe figured out.

6.

Meesimo

May 23, 2008, 12:34 AM

Cheers Franklin!
Great catching up with you and Supergirl this week.
Excellent selection you ended up with. Impressed me into throwing Masereel's "The City" in my Amazon shopping cart.
Thanks for checking out Nuclear Neal and for the heads up on the spelling misstep, Ahab. It shall be rectified forthwith.

7.

opie

May 23, 2008, 4:40 AM

Now, an avocado-based desert sounds like an interesting place to explore...

8.

Chris Rywalt

May 23, 2008, 6:33 AM

Don't forget to wear good, sturdy boots. Your feet tend to get stuck in the avocado mud.

9.

Clem

May 23, 2008, 7:37 AM

Come on! It'd be far less messy & brown if it were video-based.

10.

Franklin

May 23, 2008, 7:41 AM

Damn homophones...

11.

opie

May 23, 2008, 11:01 AM

It's not a homophone, Professor Einspruch, it is a mere TYPO.

12.

Chris Rywalt

May 23, 2008, 12:49 PM

Yeah, in my dialect of English, "desert" and "dessert" are pronounced differently. As in, "Hey, keep your filthy hands off my dessert!"

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