Xmas Loot 2018.

Too tired to do a proper post, so here are the books I got:

Alec Nevala-Lee, Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

Andrew D. Kaufman, Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times (thanks, ktschwarz!)

Richard Tarrant, Texts, Editors, and Readers: Methods and Problems in Latin Textual Criticism (thanks, bulbul!)

Curzio Malaparte, The Kremlin Ball

If I’ve forgotten anything, or if a late present arrives, I’ll add it. Meanwhile, I hope everyone had a good day, whether you celebrate the holiday or not!


  1. Book’s in the mail. At least it will be once I’ve sent it.

  2. I think you’ll enjoy The Kremlin Ball, languagehat!

  3. I’m looking forward to it!

  4. Merry Xmas, Steve and Jeremy! You both have presents on the way, Steve’s in tandem such that the second will have to serve as a New Year’s present, Jeremy’s hefty and amazing one, IMHO, arriving sometime in January. Not only does it have to cross the pond; it can only be enjoyed on your side. Puzzle that one out. I’ve been working like a dog the past three days, because Robin has severe bronchitis, so I didn’t get a chance to write you on Xmas. Do pardon me. I was thinking of you, and can say Merry Xmas now. Steve, I have writing to send you tomorrow. Jeremy, I’ll send the MS to you when I send it to my agent, probably in six weeks, maybe two months, though I’ll certainly write you sooner. I’d love to hear how both your Xmas’ went whenever you have the time and inclination. I hope the holidays have been cartoonishly restively festive, then just restful!

  5. Jim and Robin, Merry Christmas! I’m sorry Robin’s got bronchitis. I’ve been thinking of you a lot. I’d love to read your MS. I will send you a proper letter. And I’ve just thought of a book to send you.

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