Last auction of the season
I got an old clothes hamper with science fiction books in it for $5, and when I got it home I found half a dozen old world maps from the late 50s which I gave to Dean. One he was very excited about; it was a heavily propagandized map of political systems, with lots of Red Scare information about the USSR. He figured it was printed before the Sino-Soviet split, and BEFORE Cuba became Communist. An interesting little period piece.
Some more random books which I'll look at over the winter. One was an omnibus book of 3 of Graham Greene's novels, and right now I'm reading "The Ministry of Fear". Very enjoyable. I tried Greene once, a long time ago, and didn't like him for some reason. I think I was expecting his work to be comedy, because one of his novels was made into a movie with Alec Guinness. This time, with no preconceptions, I'm enjoying him a lot. He reminds me a bit of Chesterton, but not so anarchic; maybe a little Orwell mixed in, to settle him down.
The rest was mostly odds and ends - it's amazing how much fun you can have for just $20 at an auction. In a box of fabric, I found an old bright pink angora sweater. The elbows were worn out but it was very clean, so after admiring how soft it was, I put it in a discard pile. James found it, and liked it so much he put it on and wore it around the house yesterday morning. Autistic people are often hyper-sensitive to sound, touch, smell, etc., and both Thomas and James like very soft clothes, so the angora must have just been irresistible. My little Ed Wood.