Welcome to Things We Like This Week, a weekly PW Tumblr feature in which staffers pick a current obsession from the world of books.…
2. The NYRB Rabbit Hole
Gabe Habash: NYRB is my own personal tell-tale heart. It seems like every time I’m at a bookstore or browsing their site or even someone else’s site, always, every single time, one of their books leaps in front of me. I can’t avoid their trap; NYRB is a bottomless portal of all the books you’ll love someday but that you don’t know yet. A few months back it was one of the best books I’ve read in 2014, Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age. Last month it was The Waste Books and two weird novels by Adolfo Bioy Casares. And yesterday, right there taunting me on the NYRB front page, it was The Black Spider, “a parable of evil” admired by Thomas Mann. I’ll tell you how this story will end. The next time I’m at a bookstore, I’ll lie to myself, tell myself I’m just looking, but slowly move toward the G section in fiction, just to see if they have any Gotthelf books on hand. Just a look.
Also, they have a Book Club. Who knows how long I can hold out against that? Take my money already, NYRB.
According to Publishers Weekly staffer Gabe Habash, NYRB causes some serious book-buyer’s angst. We’re sorry/not sorry?
Also, you can’t resist the sinister spider pull forever, Gabe. NO ONE CAN.
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