Sunday, October 11, 2009

I'm Not Even Making You Buy Anything

Not exactly being an iron clad champion of capitalism, I'm going to highlight our free bin today. The free bin is replenished every day with arm loads of miscellaneous junk that Green Apple just can't sell, and man we've got a lot of it. Over the last couple of years I've pulled out at least a full shelf of good books, sometimes damaged of course (missing covers, etc.) but always still functional on their most basic level. I've dug some pretty good movies out, one of the better finds being a VHS copy of the 1987 classic The Barbarians. I even found that sweet little number pictured above if you can believe it. Who wouldn't want that for $0.00?

My most recent free bin gem was a pocketbook copy of Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer's Gimpel the Fool & Other Stories, translated by Saul Bellow in 1953 (thanks to AeRi for finding it actually). The edition I found is a pretty unique one I think. I couldn't find a picture of it online, so the version I posted above will have to do. The book itself depicts a poor, but smiling middle aged man holding a leaf between his fingers, has rounded corners and no description of its contents but a quote from Henry Miller on the back. I read and enjoyed it in the same evening that I came across the book, and shortly after found myself reading on both Singer's life and further critique of the stories themselves. I even dug up an animated version of the titular story made in the early 90s by a guy named Ezra Schwartz. Not a bad evening of entertainment, especially for the price.



4 comments:

Ophy said...

Thank you so much for posting the videos! I read "Gimpel The Fool" a few years ago, so this was very interesting! Singer is a great author; my favorite work by him would have to be "Shosha."

AeRi said...

I'm glad my foraging helped you out!

Spiros said...

Despite the fact that I don't have a swimming pool, I have always found books to be an excellent method of insulation in San Francisco's variable climate.

bunnydee said...

The free bin is a beautiful thing.