Category Archives: libraries

  1. Diapers, Jokes, and Mercy Seats

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    August 5, 2022 by libroshombre

                She was known as Maud to the Saxon serfs, and Matilda in the Latin by the nobility, but either …
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  2. Scherpstekendevliegs, Anticipation, and Unreadable Books

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    July 9, 2022 by libroshombre

                Anticipation can be excruciating, but also sweet, as A.A. Milne illustrated in writing “‘Well,’ said Pooh, ‘what I like …
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  3. Peeves, Persiflage, and Portmanteaux

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    June 18, 2022 by libroshombre

                “Foist,” “to introduce surreptitiously,” is a word I like, perhaps because librarians enjoy  foisting books and information, albeit overtly, …
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  4. Inventors, Scientists, and WorldCat

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    April 23, 2022 by libroshombre

                You won’t find me arguing with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s claim that “One must be an inventor to read well. …
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  5. Band Names, Numbers and Elephants

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    March 19, 2022 by libroshombre

                The Lone Tones is the name of the acapella doowop group in Austin that I’ve sung with for forty-plus …
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Dreams, Doublethink, and Aztecs

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    February 4, 2022 by libroshombre

    Re-watching Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a dream” speech has left me considering the distinction between mythology and misinformation.  …
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  9. Humaning, Nero, and Obscure Sorrows

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    January 16, 2022 by libroshombre

    Once long ago my mother read to me every night at bedtime, and she also read to herself a lot: …
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  10. 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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