Book purge

I’m doing a bit of spring cleaning and purging the library shelves of some stuff I’ve realized I’m never going to read again. Most of it isn’t very interesting and will be donated this weekend. A few of these, however, may be of interest to someone, so here’s your chance to get them. All are free for the taking.

Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, Ben Mezrich

Good, quick read. I’ve never tried counting cards myself but I find it fascinating to read about. See also: A Casino Odyssey, Parts One, Two, Three, and Four.

Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century, Simson Garfinkle

Interesting book about something we already know: Our personal information is being collected and catalogued in alarming quantities.

High and Mighty: SUVs: The World’s Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way, Keith Bradsher

How SUVs evolved into the ridiculous land yachts we have now, endangering everyone else on the road along the way, including the role Arnold Schwarzenegger played.

High Weirdness by Mail: A Directory of the Fringe: Mad Prophets, Crackpots, Kooks, and True Visionaries, Rev. Ivan Stang

Yes, that Ivan Stang. Great collection (300+ pages!) of contact info for fringe groups and general weirdness around the world.

Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson

Count Zero, William Gibson

William Gibson. Not much needs to be said.

The Satanic Bible, Anton Szandor LaVey

Yeah, well, what can I say. The remarkable thing is that I’ve had this copy for probably 20 years.

Anything that isn’t claimed, as well as the ones I didn’t bother listing here, will be donated this weekend to the Prison Book Project via Moe’s Books in Berkeley.


simone says:

I almost feel obligated to take your copy of The Satanic Bible, lest it end up in the gnarled hands of a violent convict. But who am I to interfere with the literary interests of criminals? shrug