Books and Book-Related: That What Follows You, That What Finds You, That Wot You Acquire

I am too tired to write about Shared Worlds–which is awesome, and Holly Black is awesome and Ann is awesome, and the students and teachers too, but more on that later–but did want to touch on those things that followed us to Wofford, those things we took with us, those things that awaited us, and those things we acquired along the way…

First off, what awaited us in the cottage: many books on the bookshelves, including the ones above, which you may note includes a book called The Finnish Political System by a certain Nousiainen, intended to, erm, as the intro says, “inform Finnish students about their own governmental system.”

However the book also contained the following two notes, almost certainly by a Finnish student attending Wofford?

This second note is perhaps more willfully belligerent and yet silly. I am curious what our Finnish friends think of this–and whether it was some kind of foreshadowing as to what Ann and I might be doing next year?

Still, note that this book has in fact been withdrawn from the library system:

Then, of course, there’s the stuff you pick up at a stationery store in Asheville…

Or the insanely eccentric stuff Ann finds in a bookstore in Asheville (this is the bomb, people–unbelievably cool and yet…insane).

Then there’s the Finch crap that finds you, no matter how you hide from it, accompanied by a phone call from an editor on the freeway…

…and the stuff you agree to review that gets sent to you on the road…

As well as the stuff so pretty you can’t not buy it, because you know some story will just love being written inside of these…

And, alas, I retain an obsession for tiny books…

…as well as big, brash books…

Then, finally, in Charlotte, almost by mistake, we stumbled on Studio One, and came across a piece that may well be the cover of Leviathan 5.

Comments

  1. says

    Fabio–it’s not, though it resembles it. I’ll type in more info when I’m less tired. It’s something some scientist does as random patterns through some process. Brain too scrambled to say more right now. Tired.

  2. says

    Interesting what you can find in-between the pages of an old used book. I’m almost always in Strand and I’ve found 1950’s report cards to yellowed index cards with fondue recipes on it to old folded-up cigarette packaging (1960’s – 1970’s Marlboro and Kent), often used as bookmarks I take it. Oddly enough, like the words on the pages IN those old books, the items left between them have a history/tale of their own. Or at least their former owner.

    I have Leviathan 4. Great book, especially Lake, Cisco, and Peek’s tale.

  3. Hellbound Heart says

    ….do you ever purchase note books/paper that’s too pretty and you just know that you’ll regret using it, kinda like the gift packs of lovely blank cards that you’re supposed to fill out for birthdays and stuff but you don’t want to because they’re too nice and you want to keep them yourself?

    peace and love….

  4. says

    ….do you ever purchase note books/paper that’s too pretty and you just know that you’ll regret using it, kinda like the gift packs of lovely blank cards that you’re supposed to fill out for birthdays and stuff but you don’t want to because they’re too nice and you want to keep them yourself?

    peace and love….
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

  5. Hannu Blommila says

    Hmm, dance? …I somehow doubt that she/he who left those notes was Finnish. A Finn would have most likely written: ” I am Finnish and I would rather drink copious amounts of beer and sing karaoke than read this book.” But, you never know…

    As for the second one…Yes, it *might* be foreshadowing, so Jeff and Ann, get ready for some serious Vodka drinking, sunshine and hectic dancing! …and don’t forget to boo Sweden ;-)

    Finnish political system and the Constitution of India…You really manage to find the oddest books imaginable…

    -Hannu

  6. says

    Great post, glad Shared Worlds is awesome. “Phone call from an editor on the freeway…” That drives me… insane, man…

  7. says

    I wouldn’t like to report this the proper authorities, as I quite like our gracious host, but under the Finnish Law, impersonating a Finn is a serious offence (that’s offense in Queen’s English). EVERYBODY knows that Finns don’t dance. We’re that tough.

    But I’m willing to let this youthful transgression go unpunished. But let me say this in all earnest: Let this be a lesson to you, grasshopper! Next time, let Ann (or maybe even Riley!) “find” these notes.

    However, in case you are eager to read and learn more of our glorious political history, may I recommend my Father-in-Law Tuomo Polvinen’s seminal work on “Finland in international politics after the Second World War” (Between East and West), or his rip-roaringly exciting yarn (Imperial Borderland) which tells you all you need to know (and then some!) about governor general Nikolai Bobrikov and the attempted Russification of Finland in 1898-1904. He fails!

    Shared Worlds sounds really cool. I’ll try to point these posts to the people I spoke about it earlier. “See! You might’ve been part of This!”

  8. Juha T says

    I’m afraid I have to go with Hannu and Jukka on this one. The Finnish political system is far more likely to inspire alcoholism than dance. Although strange things have been known to happen after enough vodka has been consumed. Actually, the vodka would also explain this “sunshine” hallucination as well.

  9. says

    I’m pretty sure I know some people in fandom who could do a program item on “the Finnish political system interpreted as a modern dance” and be totally serious about it. Maybe this should be a participation-required item for our foreign guests at all Finncons…

  10. wake the dodo says

    Tero’s comment gives new meaning to what I usually refer to as ‘The tyranny of interpretive dance’ having been forced to watch such dancers flitting chaotically around Farmer’s markets and art openings. It’s only polite to watch, but oh the pain, the pain…