Lauren Leto

Three Lives – Goodness

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on May 9, 2010

**DISCLAIMER: This is the most boring blog post in the history of all the world. But I thought someone might want to talk about the pros/cons of complete work collections with me.**

I’ve already spoken of my love for Three Lives bookstore. On my way there today, I walked through Stonewall Square on Christopher Street where the famous Stonewall riots occurred in 1969. I once wrote a paper about drag queens, Warhol Superstars and Stonewall for a freshmen level class at James Madison. Aside – if you like Warhol, read “a: A Novel”. It isn’t a great piece of literature but it is a personal look into the world surrounding America’s tastemaker. Also, if you like Warhol because you loovveddd Factory Girl, find a cliff to jump off. Also, if you own the Marilyn Monroe Warhol print – find an even higher cliff.

Anyways, I found this collection of the complete works of Oscar Wilde. This brings up my feelings about “complete works” all pushed into one book. On the positive side, it is nice to have everything at hand. You can bring a smorgasbord of Wilde everywhere you go. Can’t remember if that quote is from The Young King or The Happy Prince? Both are at your fingertips so you can flip through and figure it out.

Also, the complete works are a great gift. If you know the person enjoys an author but don’t know which books they’ve already read, this is an easy solution.

However, the complete works of any author are very hard to read from – literally. They’re often so thick that the book is too heavy to easily hold.

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  1. dave said, on May 10, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I get nervous reading large, complete works-esq books in bed. I worry I might drop it on my head and hurt myself. Although I do think they are great if you want to study an author.

  2. […] better present than the complete works of an author? A signed book. [Shout out to CU for the signed Eugenides' Middlesex – still one of my best […]

  3. dave said, on May 11, 2010 at 8:14 am

    what about the complete works signed by the author? best of both worlds?

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