Category Archives: books

  1. Annotations, Ink Drinkers, and Pleasure Reading

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    July 9, 2022 by libroshombre

                Knowing I’d just returned from a Seattle trip, a friend needlessly asked if I’d visited any bookstores.  Well, I …
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  2. Tolerance, Trousers, and Egyptian Bar Jokes

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    June 18, 2022 by libroshombre

                International Tolerance Day won’t roll around until November 16, but it’s increasingly obvious we ought to celebrate “sympathy or …
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  3. Ashurbanipal’s Library, Queen Readers, and the Intolerably Stupid

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    May 23, 2022 by libroshombre

                Once upon a time, back when literacy was really rare, no one ever read silently to themselves, and all …
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  4. Banana Peels, White Wings, and Moby Dick

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    March 12, 2022 by libroshombre

                Eric Hoffer, the American longshoreman philosopher, noticed that “Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which …
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  5. Comics, Maypoles, and Book Banning

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    March 12, 2022 by libroshombre

    Carl Sagan is certainly missed; apart from his glowing cosmological credentials and general brilliance, he was insightful while maintaining his …
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  6. Memories, Rats, and Hair Books

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    January 16, 2022 by libroshombre

    P.G. Wodehouse, the greatest humor writer of the twentieth century, claimed that “Memories are like mulligatawny soup in a cheap …
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  7. Pop-Tarts, Frogs, and the Alamo

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    November 6, 2021 by libroshombre

                “Woman Sues Kellogg Over Lack of Strawberries in Strawberry Pop-Tarts,” a recent Washington Post article, got me considering how …
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  8. Conning, Theivery, and Goatish Retribution

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    June 3, 2021 by libroshombre

                “Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication …
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  9. Browsing with Mimi, Trina, and Beverly

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    April 8, 2021 by libroshombre

                My daughter Mimi was eight the winter of 1997 when she received a letter from Trina Schart Hyman, the …
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  10. Judy’s Bookshelf and the OED

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    April 3, 2021 by libroshombre

                Where the heck is Judy Woodruff’s copy of “Grant,” Ron Chernow’s excellent biography of the 18th President?  I remain …
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