Monday, April 4, 2016

William T. Vollmann, The Ice-Shirt (first edition, signed with drawing)

With 400 pages to go in my Infinite Jest book club and about 1000 pages of books to review currently on my books-to-read stack, I'm finding my eyes are wandering more and more to those volumes that have been lurking on my shelf for years, waiting for my schedule to clear up. I've been itching to get back into a William T. Vollmann novel, and while The Dying Grass beckons, I'm not sure I'll be ready for another 1100 page book so soon after Infinite Jest. So, I think it'll be The Ice-Shirt, and I happen to have a really nice copy.

Vollmann is an outstanding author but also a mesmerizing visual artist. His books are riddled with doodles and sketches and I recently learned that Vollmann will occasionally include a drawing with his signature at book events. When I bought Last Stories and Other Stories from City Lights, I kind of swore that I'd wait to fill in my collection until I was able to find copies of the books I didn't have that were signed with drawings. Someday I hope for a book exclusively composed of his illustrations, but until then, I'll have to settle with these.

The Ice-Shirt, a volume in Vollmann's Seven Dreams series is about Greenland; this copy, fittingly, is illustrated with a viking axe.

Currently reading:
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
Ricky Jay, Matthias Buchinger: The Greatest German Living

Currently listening to:
Underworld, "Barbara Barbara We Face A Shining Future"

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