Category Archives: Books

“I’m looking for a book by this guy eye-bid.”

Charming review of Margaretta Barton Colt’s memoir of her 30 years running the independent bookshop specializing in military topics called The Military Bookman: Martial Bliss.: The Story of The Military Bookman.. The quote in the post-title comes from one anecdote … Continue reading

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Recommended Books: Fiction

I’ve been working on this list for a couple of weeks. I also plan on doing Non-Fiction and other categories in my out-of-control library. Some authors are represented multiple times. Other authors aren’t represented at all. For no real reason. … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Excerpts

I re-read Hunter S. Thompson’s classic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, the other day at the beach. Sitting on my blanket, sunglasses on, roaring with laughter all by myself. … Continue reading

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Duke, O’Hara, and Ford

I finished Scott Eyman’s magnificent biography of John Wayne (John Wayne: The Life and Legend), and could not recommend it more highly. While the book deserves only praise for its delving into Wayne’s filmography, the true strength of the book … Continue reading

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The Books: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-17; “The Future of the Middle Classes: Women Who Are Parasites”

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West, 1911-17 Here, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “Voici mon secret. Il est tres simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.”

Today is the birthday of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. His writing meant a great deal to me when I was 15, 16, and I have never forgotten that. Here is an extraordinary excerpt from Wind, Sand and Stars – a book … Continue reading

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The Books: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-17; “An Orgy of Disorder and Cruelty: The Beginnings of Sex Antagonism”

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West, 1911-17 The … Continue reading

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The Books: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-17; “Correspondence Between Mrs. Hobson and Miss West”

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West, 1911-17 As … Continue reading

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The Books: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-17; “The Gospel According to Mrs. Humphrey Ward”

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West, 1911-17 Where … Continue reading

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The Books: Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing; “Temptation: Prospero, the Wizard of Oz, Mephisto & Co.; Who waves the wand, pulls the strings, or signs the Devil’s book?”, by Margaret Atwood

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing, a … Continue reading

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