A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict Paperback – 1 Mar 2004
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Paperback, 1 Mar 2004
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About the Author
John Baxter is a novelist and broadcaster, as well as being a highly acclaimed film critic and film biographer. His subjects have included Fellini, Spielberg and Kubrick. He is currently completing a biography of Robert De Niro for HarperCollins.
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Baxter (a sometime fiction writer and noted film biographer) begins at the beginning, outlining his drab and dreary Australian childhood. Like so many bored kids, he found an outlet in books, films, and eventually pulp magazines. As a teen and young man, he grew up something of a science-fiction fanboy, joining the inner circle of Australia's minuscule sci-fi community, while working a dreary job for the national railroads. After some initial forays into writing (including bios for a porn mag), he heads to London, where his love affair with books turns him from a consumer into a collector. The reader tags along with Baxter as he hobnobs with the weird-but-true characters of the used book trade in London, before he heads off to Roanoke, Virginia to teach, then Los Angeles, and eventually Paris, accumulating and then shedding books along the way.
One has to accept that a lot of the authors and personalities he encounters and discusses aren't exactly household names -- especially for American readers.Read more ›