September 9th, 2013
Maybe you have something we want.
Chiefly, books – but also we are looking for a large antique area rug – around 10 x 12 – with significant damage that we can hide under a bookcase, and table and standing lamps.
We have a shipping address in Austin, Texas for easy mailing from U.S. locations. Books should be sent as media mail, packed stacked flat or spine-down, and all books and furnishings can be sent to our Austin drop by arrangement with us (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
I should say first and briefly what kind of books we don’t take: textbooks, medical books, computer books or large quantities of pulp mystery, romance, horror and science fiction. We don’t exclude any of these genres strictly, but our inclusion of titles from these categories is very selective.
What we do want – broadly – is literature, history, biography/memoir, criticism and works on music and film (especially songbooks and screenplays), politics, philosophy, psychology, popular science, how-to, fine art books and graphic novels. Anything about Mexico, translated from Spanish or Japanese, the NYRB series, the Oxford and Norton anthologies of literature, Modern Library editions, the Portable antholgies and recent Moon, Bradt or Rough Guides are particularly wanted. We also want issues of the literary journals N+1, The Paris Review, Granta and Grand Street. The list below is by no means comprehensive, and does not include writers we love but whose books are quite easy to find – John LeCarre, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Willa Cather or William Shakespeare, for example. (We’re very happy to accept those as well, naturally.)
Specifically, the authors we want most, in very broad order of importance, are:
Vladimir Nabokov, Roberto Bolaño, Joan Didion, Malcolm Lowry, Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, Haruki Murakami, Anne Carson, Philip K. Dick, Zadie Smith, Cormac McCarthy, James Merrill, Graham Greene, James Joyce, Yukio Mishima, David Foster Wallace, Elizabeth Bishop, Thomas Pynchon, George Eliot, John Berryman, Jorge Luis Borges, Oscar Wilde, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ezra Pound, William Gaddis, Hart Crane, William T. Vollmann, Ernest Hemingway, W.H. Auden, Toni Morrison, Wallace Stevens, Don De Lillo, Sharon Olds, Denis Johnson, Virginia Woolf, Raymond Chandler, Jennifer Egan, Charles D´Ambrosio, Allen Ginsberg, Bruce Wagner, Philip Roth, Charles Bukowski, the Brothers Grimm, Joseph Conrad, Hubert Selby, Jr., Stephen Wright, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Samuel Beckett, Henry David Thoreau, Howard Zinn, Elena Poniatowska, Michael Herr, Wendell Berry, Kurt Vonnegut, Bruce Chatwin, W.S. Merwin, John McPhee, George Orwell, Wallace Shawn, David Mitchell, James Baldwin, Geoffrey Hill, J.M. Coetzee, Noam Chomsky, Helen DeWitt, Harmony Korine, Sam Shepard, Edmund Wilson, Deborah Eisenberg, Orhan Pamuk, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Chabon, Cornel West, Nick Hornby, John Fante, Edgar Allan Poe, David Lida, Jon Krakauer, Flannery O’Connor, Hunter S. Thompson, A.R. Ammons, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Joseph Heller, G.K. Chesterton, Gertrude Stein, H.P. Lovecraft, Tennessee Williams, Lawrence Durrell, William Faulkner, James Baldwin, Jeffrey Eugenides, Philip Larkin, Robert Hughes, Mark Twain, George MacDonald Fraser, Arthur Phillips, Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney, Emily Dickinson, George Saunders, Elmore Leonard, Leo Tolstoy, Rumi, Ralph Ellison, Gunter Grass, Alice Munro, Russell Hoban, bell hooks, Helen Vendler, Jonathan Safran Foer, Fran Lebowitz, Georges Perec, Gjertrud Schnakenberg, Michel Foucault, Robert A. Caro, Kabir, Chris Hedges, Phillip Meyer, Klaus Kinski, Gore Vidal, Ian Frazier, Dave Eggers, William Blake, David Berman, Chris Ware, Isaiah Berlin, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Jonathan Lethem, Neal Stephenson, Michael Pollan, Katherine Anne Porter, Helen DeWitt, Morris Berman, John Updike, Carl Jung, Truman Capote, Paula Fox, Bret Easton Ellis, Karl Marx, Carson McCullers, John Keats, Raymond Carver, Barbara Kingsolver, Laurence Sterne, Adrienne Rich, Walter Benjamin, Marilynne Robinson, Emile Zola, Octavio Paz, J.G. Ballard, Tony Kushner, B. Traven, Henry Louis Gates, George W.S. Trow, Rebecca West, Robinson Jeffers, E. Annie Proulx, Brendan Behan, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Louis Auchincloss, Erik Larson, Jane Austen, Percy Shelley, Patricia Highsmith, Guy de Maupassant, Louis Begley, Christopher Alexander, Harry Matthews, Jennifer Vogel, Rudyard Kipling, Wislawa Szymborska, Robert Musil, Dorothy Parker, Ivan Turgenev, Carlos Castaneda, Bernard Malamud, Nell Freudenberger, Lewis Carroll, Anton LaVey, Denise Levertov, W. Somerset Maugham, Jhumpa Lahiri, E.E. Cummings, George Santayana, Jules Verne, Doris Lessing, William Trevor, James Ellroy, Stephen Fry, Jane Bowles, H.G. Wells, Charles Bowden, Susanna Moore, S.T. Coleridge, Derrick Jensen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Hitchens, Ted Hughes, James Agee, Anne Sexton, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Nathaniel West, Octavia Butler, Anton Chekhov, John Casey, Andrew Marvell, Keith Gessen, John Donne, Stephen Crane, Daniel Clowes, Djuna Barnes, Henry Miller, Dave Hickey, Shirley Hazzard, Randall Jarrell, Jean Paul Sartre, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Henry Rollins, Paul Bowles, Mark Bowden, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Lorrie Moore, Lord Byron, Elias Canetti, J.D. Salinger, Samuel R. Delany, Joy Williams, Vendela Vida, Tomas Transtromer, Ann Patchett, Tony Cohan, Jonathan Franzen, Murray Kempton, Dante Alighieri, Chogyam Trungpa, Samuel Beckett, Evelyn Waugh, Ryan Boudinot, Anonymous, Herman Melville, Paul Theroux, Bruce Chatwin, Michel Houellebecq, Ray Bradbury, Andre Dubus, John Cheever, Jane Austen, Greil Marcus, Matthew Arnold, Emily Bronte, Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, John Berger, Paolo Freire, W.G. Sebald, Paul Muldoon, Kathy Acker, Michael Herr, Saul Bellow, Mark Harris, Dylan Thomas, I.F. Stone, Martin Amis, Sapphire, S.J. Perelman, Knut Hamsun, Charles Dickens, Immanuel Kant, Boris Vian, Robert Lowell, Irvine Welsh, DBC Pierre, Joseph Heller, Carl Sagan, Albert Camus, Nelson Algren, Anthony Burgess, Barbara Kingsolver, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Geoff Dyer, Michael Cunningham, Seth Kantner, James Dickey, Homer (tr., Fitzgerald, Fagles), Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aleister Crowley, Norman Mailer, Philip Hensher, Simone Weil, William S. Burroughs, Albert Camus, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Jose Saramago, Edith Wharton, James Salter, Henry James, Alex Garland, J. Bronowski, Chuck Palahniuk, Robert Graves, Richard Feynman, Soren Kierkegaard, Rick Moody, Thich Nhat Hanh, John Hollander, Steve Erickson, Angela Davis, Charlotte Bronte, Colson Whitehead, Rebecca Solnit, Gary Shteyngart, Marquis de Sade, Stanislaw Lem, Philip Pullmann, Alex Ross, Dietrich Bonhoffer, Steve Almond, William James, Mikhail Bulgakov, Chad Harbach, Audre Lorde, Larry Brown, David Sedaris, Derek Walcott, Claire Messud, Nathan Englander, A.M. Homes, August Kleinzhaler, James Howard Kunstler, Anais Nin, Rebecca Solnit, Viktor Shklovky, Brian Greene, Michael Ventura, Allen Tate, Marc Maron, Jay McInerney, Bob Mould, Alan Stillitoe, Henry Green, Constantin Stanislavsky, Joe Klein, Kate Braverman, Benjamin Kunkel, David Mitchell, W.D. Snodgrass, Jeffrey Eugenides, Lydia Davis, Jacques Derrida, Chuck Klosterman, Keith Richards, Lesley Hazleton, Gary Snyder, Nami Mun, Douglas Adams, Nicole Krauss, Malcolm Cowley, Edward Said, Gary Jennings, Helene Cixous, and Paul Auster.
And of course, we want the books we don’t know that we want. Our customers are some of the most appreciative anywhere. We provide the best our culture has to offer and are proud and happy to accept your donated books and pass them along to continue the most important process we know about, the sharing and appreciation of literature.