Thursday, September 21, 2006

Scoop's Sophisticated Readership

Because Scoop is still recovering from the ritual humiliation that was his last ESPN chat, and hasn't managed to post a column in more than 10 days, Scoopwatch has had to dig deep to bring you new and interesting Scoopanalia.

But don't despair! Trawling the depths of the internets, Scoopwatch has found perhaps the oddest Scoop-related item yet: Scoop's Barnes & Noble page.

As you may have repressed the memory, let me remind you that Scoop's major foray into the world of literature has been the book Sole Provider, in which he chronicled the first thirty years of Nike shoes. What you may not have suspected is the audience that this book has attracted. Enter Barnes & Noble, the national mega-bookstore chain. A quick perusal of the Sole Provider page on shows that customers that bought Scoop's Nike catalogue also bought the following books:

Recent Essays: 1990-1996
Peter Halley

Halley, as you may or may not know, is an American minimalist painter and writer, who has some particularly interesting things to say in response to Barnett Newman, perhaps the most outspoken artist of the AbEx school. (Canadians will remember Newman for the controversial purchase of his Voice of Fire by the National Gallery of Canada).

Numerical Ocean Circulation Modeling
Dale B. Haidvogel, Aike Beckmann

I have nothing say about this. Nothing.

Clarissa and the Countryman
Wright, Johnny L. Scott

Splendid book! At least I liked the pictures. Clarissa is better known as one half of the Two Fat Ladies and a columnist for the Telegraph (or was it the Times? I don't recall). I used to see her occasionally at Borough Market, when she wasn't doing yeowoman's work for the Countryside Alliance. Trivia: her real name is Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson-Wright.

Period Costume for Stage and Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress, 1800-1909
Jean Hunnisett, Janette Haslam

At least costumes and shoes make sense. Though I don't know what they would have made of AJs in the Regency period.

The Complete Reprint of John Willie's Bizarre
Eric Kroll

According to the website, "This two-volume collector's boxed set includes all 26 issues of Bizarre magazine, the cult periodical started in 1946 by the master of bondage and fetish: photographer, writer, and publisher John Alexander Scott Coutts, aka John Willie. Filled with graphic black-and-white photos and illustrations." Precisely.

Maybe Scoop's fan-base is more diverse than I'd thought. Or maybe even smart people have dumb nephews who need Christmas presents.


Anonymous moron said...

I demand more posts. Goddamn I love Scoop.

Yoo've got a new, regular reader, as of today.

2:06 PM  
Blogger ojarhead said...

I'm a big spoop "fan" also...

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Dantrez said...

My God, I din't know this group existed. This man is the straw that stirs nothing. It just sucks.

I'm down like fo' flat tires, homey. You're now part of my daily routine.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous harry lime said...

Quite certain this will be the only time I'll ever see Scoop Jackson linked with Barnett Newman. And for that I'm grateful.

Funny stuff, though I think you might be squandering your talent. Ol' Scoop just ain't worth the effort...

1:14 AM  

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