An offer (the first of several)

I’m in the midst of a gigantic divestment / divestiture of belongings, designed to reduce the contents of two highly packed condos (including a truly gigantic library) to one relatively uncluttered one, preserving the things I think I’ll want to use in the scholarly life left to me (I am an old man). More on this below.

But here, an offer of a collection of CDs with performances of musicals (about 50) and with movie soundtracks (about 15).  Get your show tunes and soundtracks!  Just pay for the shipping.

In advance: I now have helpers to ship things out, but we cannot possibly catalogue this stuff or take offers on individual CDs. It’s the whole package or nothing. If nobody wants the package, it all goes to a local group (Friends of the Palo Alto Libraries, Goodwill, etc.).

Some notes: the musicals collection starts with  the musical revue A Matter of Heart by Stan Rogers (maybe known only to Canadians) and the original cast album of Annie Get Your Gun. And ends with Bernstein’s Wonderful Town and two recordings of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (the original cast album and the new Broadway cast album). The soundtracks collection starts with The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and American Graffiti. And ends with Trainspotting and Twin Peaks.

If you want these collections, SEND E-MAIL to both me and Kim Darnell (who manages the mailing):  and . With your postal address. PLEASE PLEASE don’t reply as a Facebook comment or message or a WordPress comment, since this offer is going out in multiple places.

There will be more CD offers, and Kim Darnell has already posted about some book offers (I will post some other offers).

There are many reasons for this contraction of my resources, but in any case it’s necessary. And emotionally incredibly difficult for me. Especially for the books: I’m divesting this wonderful library of stuff I’m accumulated since my teen years, plus Jacques’s books, Ann’s books, my father’s books, Ann’s father’s books, Ann’s aunt Mary’s books, and more before that, going back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Much of this — the stuff at my Ramona St. condo — has already gone. About 200 boxes of it, over 5 weeks. Astonishingly difficult to part with books I loved, books given to me by family and friends, and in a surprising number of cases, books given to me by the authors. But the space here is small, and it was already grossly overcrowded, with books piled everywhere, on every surface, on the floor, etc. But now I am taking in some small portion of the books (and other stuff) from the much larger Staunton Ct. condo. This means deciding what I’m going to focus on in the (relatively short) part of the life and work that remains to me. Wrenching decisions for someone who is so broadly intellectually curious.

There’s a corresponding contraction with other media, DVDs and CDs in particular. Which is where I came in, with some of the CDs.

One Response to “An offer (the first of several)”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    Wednesday afternoon: the offer has been taken. But there will be more.

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