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Sheep in books

In the last six months, I read three different mysteries (loosely defined) centered on sheep. Three Bags Full – a murder mystery in which a flock of sheep tries to find out who killed their shepherd.  The author does a great job channeling the sheepish worldview, imagining what it’s like to be a constrained, fenced […]

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Santa Claus Annual

So I bought a book from the 1890s a couple years ago, and I finally got around to scanning it this year.  I’ve posted it as a big set on Flickr, with lots of good woodcuts that are public domain, so enjoy them. Santa Claus Annual is a lovely collection of short stories and poems […]

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An open letter to Entertainment Weekly

I submitted this brief missive to the EW inbox a couple days ago: Dear EW, I’ve watched with sadness over the last dozen years as the book section shriveled to four or sometimes two pages.  I love your book recommendations in The $ave and elsewhere, but it’s just not enough! I’m calling you out: give […]

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The ethics of the free book box

As you all know, I’m an avid user of Bookmooch, a book swapping website where you can find people who want your old books and find people giving away books for you. A while back, they profiled an essay about how to make the most of your BookMooch account. One piece of advice said “free […]

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Audio Book survey

Once a month or so, I wander through the audio book section of the library and pull a few books to bring home, rip for later reading, and return. Because of a couple LONG books (Martin Chuzzlewit took me three months to get through, I read one other book, then I dove into Anathem), I’ve […]

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How to Think About Weird Things

Critical Thinking for a New Age; by Theodore Schick, Jr and Lewis Vaughn How to Think About Weird Things was recommended as a primer on diagnosing Woo by Orac over at Scienceblogs. As someone who finds himself more and more irritated by irrational thinking (despite my own gaping biases that lead to it), I was […]

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BookMooch queue

I’m having a strange experience over at BookMooch. As a way to keep myself from spending too much mailing books, I have a self-imposed limit of $10-12 / month. This means I can mail three or four books domestically, or a smaller amount if I’m sending one overseas. My queue of books to send is […]

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Boy that feels curmudgeonly

I just got a free copy (thanks, Tarcher Penguin!) of THE DUMBEST GENERATION by Mark Bauerlein.  Here’s the description on the back: They are The Dumbest Generation. They enjoy all the advantages of a prosperous, high-tech society. Digital technology has fabulously empowered them, loosened the hold of elders. Yet adolescents use these tools to wrap […]

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So Lush, So Deadly

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Book Shelves

My office is a strange little room, with slanty walls and a window that’s too low on the wall. I’ve wanted bookshelves in here since I moved in, but hadn’t been able to pursue that goal. Well, for my birthday this year, my in-laws bought me the stuff and Phil helped me build some shelves […]

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In which I become that annoying customer

So here’s the poor clerk at Borders, toiling away behind the counter, when I come up and start frowning at the computer. Clerk: Can I help you find something? Me: No, I don’t think so. I know I want a book but I can’t remember enough about it to give you something to go on. […]

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The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything

Evolution, Intelligent Design, and a School Board in Dover, P.A. by Gordy Slack Another interesting book about the IDiocy in Dover. Slack doesn’t obfuscate his leanings (he’s a materialist with no belief in the supernatural at all), but also softens his perspective by explaining that his father is a born-again Christian Creationist whom Slack seeks […]

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Voices of Our Time

Collected Radio Interviews by Studs Turkel A delightful collection with lots of bits of wisdom and heart.  I enjoyed it immensely.  Nearly every interview had pieces I would have liked to share, so I just grabbed things from the first three interviews. 1. Pete Seeger on folk songs, which sounds to me like a discussion […]

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What do you think, fellow moochers?

For anyone else who uses bookmooch, I’ve got an interesting situation I’d like you to weigh in on. If you don’t use it, here’s how it works: You list a bunch of books you have that you’d be willing to give away. People who want the books you have request them from you. You mail […]

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Wink, wink, nudge, nudge

So this guy stops outside my office (door ajar, but not wide open) and knocks lightly on the door. “Come in,” I say, encouraging him to push the door open, which he does. “Um, hi. I’m Roger.” He has a nervous quality, and I’m reminded of the Monty Python stereotype of a man trying to […]

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