Archive for the 'Books' Category

[UPDATED] I GAVE AWAY 1,425 BOOKS YESTERDAY…

July 2nd, 2017

[Update @ 0533 on 27 July—While reading an old Oliver Burkeman column I came across this quote: Who was it who said, I hold the buying of more books than one can peradventure read, as nothing less than the soul’s reaching towards infinity; which is the only thing that raises us above the beasts that […]

THE KEY TO CHANGE IS FINDING OUR WHYS

December 25th, 2015

The why we must seek, however, is not why we want to change, but rather why we do what we want to change. Oliver Burkeman’s column The truth about inefficiency reminded me of Thomas Moore’s Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism. While Moore focused specifically on Sadism, the principle involved is that we take actions—that […]

SHAPING A BEAUTIFUL ARGUMENT ON INNOCENCE…

September 21st, 2015

On 2 June, 1964, Robert Penn Warren sat down to talk with Malcolm X about Black Muslims leader’s thoughts on the civil rights movement and the oppression and racism imposed on blacks by the white race for his book: Who Speaks For The Negro? For the boy who grew up in semi-rural southeastern Ohio in […]

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS AND MORE WORDS…

September 7th, 2015

Words are the raw material I sculpt with my life experiences to create fantasy castles and wisdom institutes. My vocabulary is better than some, but not a day passes that I don’t discover a word not in my brick yard. Here a few I’ve come across this past week. Yahudihane: the Turkish word for tenement […]

UMBERTO ECO NAILED THIS BACK IN 1990…

September 7th, 2015

In July I took delight in sharing part of an essay written by Umberto Eco titled How To Justify A Private Library. Of Eco’s essay, Oliver Burkeman wrote: His floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are… a research tool. Unread books are where the action is. The writer Nassim Taleb approvingly calls such a collection an “antilibrary”; one’s shelves, […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BOBBY, JIMMY AND JAMES NEFF…

August 31st, 2015

Former Plain Dealer columnist James Neff has written a thriller-like book—Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa—of the long smoldering battle between Bobby Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa, two giants on the national scene in the 1950s and 1960s. The book is stacked with inside info about how Bob Kennedy, as a staffer of the 1950s Senate […]

WILL WHAT I CHOOSE ENLARGE OR DIMINISH ME..?

August 23rd, 2015

Why do we tell people to do what makes them happy? Is there a utility in happiness? How do we know that we are happy? How long must we exist in a state of happiness before we can consider ourselves happy? One of the more important ideas I acquired in college came from a Political […]

THE HEIR TO RACHEL CARSON’S SILENT SPRING

August 12th, 2015

I first wrote about Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate on 14 March, at the beginning of my consideration of The Guardian’s Keep Carbon In The Ground campaign. I ordered a copy of Klein’s book from the library and waited nearly five months for my request to be filled. That was a […]

VIVA LE DECROISSANCE…!

August 12th, 2015

I have a new favorite word this morning: decroissance. The word appears in a footnote on page 93 of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate. Klein writes: In French, decroissance has the double meaning of challenging both growth, croissance, and croire, to believe—invoking the idea of choosing not to believe the fiction […]

I LEFT HOME TO MAKE MY ADVENTURES REAL…

June 10th, 2015

THE RATIO OF CARRIED-TO-READ FOR KEROUAC IS…?

January 3rd, 2015

My guess? Somewhere greater than 50:1.

OH, HOW WE DO SO LOVE OUR LISTS…

December 13th, 2014

I USED TO THINK BOOKMOBILES WERE COOL…

October 27th, 2014

Fjaerland book town, Norway: Fjaerland is one of Norway’s Book Towns near Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. Old sheds, houses and even a hotel have been converted into bookshops. “During the winter, the bookshop owners have to transport the books from place to place, over the snow, on kick-sleds,” says Campbell.

ARISING FROM THE RUBBLE…

October 26th, 2014

D’s Books, Pnomh Penh, Cambodia: Vantha Douk, like many Khmers, had a poor and difficult upbringing in rural Cambodia. She worked many jobs to afford English classes, and when her aunt met an American bookseller who was opening D’s Books, she got a job as a bookseller. Six years later, she managed to buy all […]

WHAT…? NO CATS…? CALL THE UNION…!

October 25th, 2014

John K King Used & Rare Books, Detroit, USA: Kings is located in a huge 1940s glove factory, which John bought in the early 1980s after having outgrown his former premises in the Michigan Theatre Building. The shop has twenty employees, two dogs and two canaries.

MEASURING THE LITERATE…

October 24th, 2014

The Bookworm, Beijing, China: This store combines reading and partying: “The Bookworm often has impromptu music evenings that bubble up out of nowhere, normally huddled around the bookshop piano. In some rooms the bookshelves are floor-to-ceiling, and there is an outdoor terrace where they serve cocktails,” says Campbell.

FINALLY, A GOOD COLONIALISM…

October 23rd, 2014

Bookseller in Calcutta, India: “College Street in Calcutta, India, is known as Boi Para (Colony of Books). Many publishers are based there, and book stalls stretch for half a mile along it”, with pamphlets, paperbacks, out-of-print editions and all kinds of publications in many languages spilling over onto the road.

PARKED IN THE PORTE COCHERE

October 22nd, 2014

James Lee Burke has a vocabulary all his own and the common words arch across novels, decades and characters. The phrase Porte Cochere (see page 326) literally means coach door, and is one that I’ve always thought meant what I would call a carport. I wasn’t far wrong, but there is history and a regionalilty […]

COWPOKE READING…

October 22nd, 2014

Singing Wind Bookstore, Benson, Arizona: Winifred Bundy has been selling books here for 40 years. It’s a little tricky to find, situated on a working cattle farm four miles from the nearest town. It doesn’t have a website, Twitter, Facebook or email address. “It doesn’t even have opening hours: you just have to turn up […]

SAVING BOOKS, ONE STITCH AT A TIME…

October 21st, 2014

George Bayntun, Bath, England: George Bayntun’s bindery has been open since the 1800s, and even now there are eleven binders working there, with clients across the globe. Between them they’ve been in the field for 337 years. The bindery also claims to have the largest collection of hand tools and blocks in the world—more than […]

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