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happy things: weddings and new books

Weddings! We haven’t been to a wedding for a few years, but now all of a sudden we’re invited to two within a week of each other, both requiring travel. There’s one for a young cousin of Ted’s; I’d like … Continue reading

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book series rec: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s

I’ve been enjoying rereading The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series, by Jodi Taylor; these are time travel stories, excuse me, descriptions of investigating history in contemporary time. They are “kitchen sink” books; there’s humor of both the slapstick and more … Continue reading

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mostly about books, just one thing to get out of the way first

On a quick political note: the reason I do not believe Bernie Sanders can win the Democratic nomination, no matter how many more states he wins, is that the vote is quite literally rigged. At the moment, Clinton has won … Continue reading

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cool book sighting

In case anyone is looking for the book to give a kid after you give her Swallows and Amazons, I just stumbled across it: The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon and 101 Other Things for Young Mariners to Build, Try, and Do … Continue reading

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confessions

I. I never heard of the Thin White Duke before this week. I mean Ziggy Stardust yes; the brilliant creator of Space Oddity and heroes yes; one of very few Boomer musicians who was still making good new music by … Continue reading

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trading in, trading up

Amazon has a cool promotion going on; you can trade in an old Kindle and get a giftcard for $5 to $35, depending on model and condition, plus an extra $20 that can only be used to the purchase of … Continue reading

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if Pepys could have it his way, why can’t I?

They keep talking about revolutions in publishing – e-books, print on demand, and so on – but I think what I want is for it to revive an older capability. MUCH older. I would like to be able to just … Continue reading

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How to be Jewish – in 1846 London

I found something fascinating today: The Jewish Manual: Practical Information In Jewish And Modern Cookery With a Collection of Valuable Recipes & Hints Relating to the Toilette, written by Judith Cohen Montefiore, and published in 1846. Judith was the wife … Continue reading

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Dear Simon

Dear Simon Winchester, I know you know your history better than that. I also know you know you’re writing for people who don’t. Therefore, please do not oversimplify to the point of inanity. Thanks, Me I’ve liked several of Winchester’s … Continue reading

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new thoughts on an old favorite

I’m rereading Freedom and Necessity, by Emma Bull and Stephen Brust, a book that’s been one of my great favorites for years, but somehow this time it’s the flaws that are striking me more. I can still feel the love … Continue reading

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