19 May 2007 @ 06:48 pm
BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS  
Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of going to Portland Oregon's Powell's Books for the first time. I've heard so much about it over the years but I'd yet to go for myself. A friend and I decided to rectify the situation so we specifically planned a drive down to Portland to go there. I knew it was going to be big but I don't think I could really imagine quite what that meant. It's a whole city block, 5 stories (I believe) with 8 color coded rooms (which helps a lot with the navigation) and just might be the biggest independent new and used bookstore in the world. In other words, it's pretty much paradise.




I bought 8 of books while I was there!:

Fucked Up And Photocopied is a book I found in the Graphic Design section (which they actually have and is pretty big). It's a collection of flyers from the punk scene of the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. I love this style, much of which looks hand drawn or patched together and then photocopied, and I wanted the book to see if I could Photoshop some of my own versions of these flyers and also just to look at.

Mind Wide Open: Your Brain And The Neuroscience Of Everyday Life in which the author subjects his own brain to tests wondering things like how do we 'read' other people, why does music move us to tears, or why do we sometimes smile inappropriately. There are certain areas of psychology, a subject in which I almost majored, which I find fascinating but don't understand that well (pretty much the parts that have to do with the science of the brain as opposed to people's behavior) and this book seemed like an interesting way to more easily explore interesting neuroscience topics.

Fans, Bloggers, And Gammers: Exploring Participatory Culture. Like the sociology graduate I am I explored the Sociology and Cultural sections from top to bottom (while being overjoyed at how copious those sections were) and decided upon this book. When I saw chapters entitled "Normal Female Interest in Men Boinking" and "'The Monster's Next Door': A Father Son Dialogue About Buffy, Moral Panic, and Generational Differences" I knew I had to buy it!

I also ended up buying 4 fantasy books while I was there too (and what glorious fantasy, sci-fi, and horror sections they have) and 1 book by Alexander Cockburn for my mom.



My only gripe is that they don't have a bookstore like this in Seattle.

I can't wait to go again!
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[identity profile] jittrbugg.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
ooooooooh my fucking god. I think I just passed out. Damn. That looks like heaven. I want to read so desperately. Seriously, I might have to make my way out to Portland. OMG.

That first book looks AMAZING. That's where the peak of creativity is in my opinion.

And that second one, way cool.
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
That looks like heaven I think it actually might be.

That's where the peak of creativity is in my opinion. I'm really amazed at what people are able to put together with drawing and cutouts and photocopying, it's amazing.

[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Powell's is so awesome!! I've only been twice (and I was sick one of those times, so it was a bit overwhelming), but I was completley impressed. I love that you really need the map to figure out how the hell to get around. :)

Hahaha, "Normal Female Interest in Men Boinking" is the best chapter title ever.
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
I love that you really need the map to figure out how the hell to get around. :) I KNOW. You totally need the map and that is AWESOME!

Chapter title FTW.

ps: Your icon makes me go: YAY WAY BROTHERS!
[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Hee, and your icon makes me go YAY FRANK AND BOB! Oh my god, I love them all so much. So glad I finally jumped on the MCR bandwagon.

Related question: When are you planning on getting in line tomorrow? And how do you want to meet up, etc? Here, my email is: leftpotato[at]aol[dot]com. Let me know! :)

OMG TOMORROW! *BOUNCES*
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
The MCR bandwagon is pretty cool. It has cookies and nerdy boys who love each other that play rockin' music.

I'll go email you about tomorrow now. In case you have spam filters, my email is equanimity23[@]earthlink[dot]net.

OMG I KNOW!
[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on May 21st, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
Emailed you back! :)
[identity profile] rebeccama.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
I am jealous. Although I shouldn't complain as I was in a very nice independent bookstore last weekend.
As if my geekhood was in question I may have just smiled widely at seeing the Henry Jenkins book (although I haven't bought it because I already read most of the chapters elsewhere- "Normal Female Interest" is probably my favorite article/post about slash and brought up things I never thought about).
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
I'm jealous of Portland for having a bookstore so cool. It's the only thing they have that Seattle doesn't the I want.

I'm really excited to get into the Jenkins book.

btw, I like your Drew icon!
[identity profile] abuse-myself.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. I think I need to go there.
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
I think everyone needs to go to Powell's at least once! I don't even like Portland but I'm definitely planning on making the trip down there again just to go to the bookstore.
[identity profile] abuse-myself.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
I've never been to Portland. What don't you like about it?
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on May 20th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Mostly I think I don't like it for silly Seattle/Portland rivalry reasons. But I don't like how the city is laid out or how it looks. Also, every time I've been there everyone I've had contact with seems kind of rude. The only thing they have that we don't that I care about is Powell's so I'd rather just stay home.
[identity profile] abuse-myself.livejournal.com on May 21st, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
The only thing I know of Portland is that there is no tax. It's too bad that the people were rude to you. Seattle's an awesome city anyways so either stay home or come to Vancouver :D
[identity profile] byechelsea.livejournal.com on May 23rd, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
I live like right across from Portland.
VNC, WA.

boring place.
and I've heard of Powells, I've just never been there. ):
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on May 23rd, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
You should definitely check out Powells some day. It's awesome!