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Organizing a bookshelf

December 09, 2022 — Asher Wycoff

I own two bookshelves, both of the $35, flat-pack, five shelf variety, one from Target and one from a generic wholesaler. Each has been outfitted with a sixth shelf, which was easy to procure from the wholesaler by lying and telling them that my shipment was missing a shelf. Target was not responsive to this maneuver, so I had to order a custom shelf, which cost nearly as much as the bookcase itself. In any case, I've got two bookshelves of approximately the same size, which together provide approximately enough space for the books I have at home. The question, then, is how to arrange them.

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tags: books

Unfinished projects

March 03, 2022 — Asher Wycoff

I just received my copy (hot off the presses) of István Mészáros's Beyond Leviathan, which was originally intended as a mammoth three volume project on theories of the state. Unfortunately, Mészáros died of a stroke shortly after completing (or very nearly completing) the first volume, which is what Monthly Review Press just published. In his introduction, John Bellamy Foster promises that Mészáros's extensive preparatory notes for the remaining two volumes will be collected and published separately within "the next few years." The original plan of the three volume work is included in the appendices.

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tags: books