Category Archives: Books

How Book Lovers Can Help

If you are anything like me, these days you are searching for positive things that can be done. One simple, concrete action is to support indie bookstores, and especially those stores owned by people of color. Most of these valuable … Continue reading

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More Whipt Syllabub

A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue Anon [Francis Grose] London Printed for S Hooper 1785 First Edition Francis Grose’s ‘Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue’ was first published in 1785, and is a dictionary of slang words. Grose was … Continue reading

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Good Companions

Frank Morgan Good Companions  

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Meditate on This

My saving grace during this pandemic has been my long time meditation practice. Along with my personal practice, I have been able to engage in daily online group meditation with like minded folks around the world. Don’t worry, I’m not … Continue reading

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Excursions into humor + despair

The Detroit-based publisher Rotland Press advertises itself as “a fine publisher of excursions into humor + despair.” It is also the perfect vehicle for a literary and arts journal to help us cope with the overwhelming nature of the Covid-19 … Continue reading

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How to find that book without the title

If you are like me there are times that you are searching for a specific book but don’t remember or don’t know the title. The video below and this  article from the website Make Use Of has some great ideas … Continue reading

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Discovering the Lost Generation in Paris

Decades ago, I made my first biblio-pilgrimage to the iconic Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. These days it’s not quite the same place now that it has an adjoining café that serves American bagels and brownies. And then there are the … Continue reading

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Rearranging My Book Shelves


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What Do Lou Reed and Agatha Christie Have in Common

What Lou Reed and Agatha Christie have in common is the American-born, but British-raised illustrator Tom Adams. When Reed was searching for an artist to design his self-titled album for the UK market in 1972, he chose Adams. Ironically, although … Continue reading

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The Great American Book Giveaway

Gold Beach Books is the second largest bookstore in Oregon and like most folks in the bookselling biz these days they have been closed due to the pandemic. But the four sisters who own the store came up with a … Continue reading

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