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June 27, 2009

Summer on East Bank


Posted by s-gang at 1:01 PM

June 26, 2009

Friday night book discoveries

First, a trip to the local discount book place unearthed these delights:

--Little Lit: Folklore and Fairy Tale Funnies by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly
--Strange Stories for Strange Kids (Little Lit, Book 2) by Art Spiegelman

There are more Little Lit titles, including It Was a Dark and Silly Night, which I'm sorry was not on the shelf with the other two!

and I also found this:


Upon returning home, looking for something besides repeated clips of late pop stars, I came upon PBS/TPT's Bill Moyers Journal and his interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin ("The Shadow of Sirius"). Topics include language, his writing process, the natural world and his career. He made a comment about one poem that quoted his mother as saying "even when you do not know, you will know." "She never really said that, you know," he tells Moyers*.
I found one excerpt here.

*That echoed what Andre Aciman said about his memoir Out of Egypt. Aciman and other authors presented a panel discussion on memoirs at the U of M back in 2007. Watch him read from his book on MediaMill. At the panel he describes writing more than one version of the walk he took with his brother on their last evening in Egypt, and commented that in fact his mother wouldn't have let him/them out of the house. (Soxanne, did I get that right?)

Posted by s-gang at 9:44 PM

June 25, 2009

How do you read?

From the Chronicle of Higher Education issue dated June 12, 2009
Reading Dickens Four Ways / How 'Little Dorrit' fares in multiple text formats

Posted by s-gang at 9:59 AM

June 23, 2009

New Look

Yes, indeed, Tambien has a new look - is anyone besides Anne and me looking?

Posted by s-gang at 5:10 PM

June 18, 2009

July Book Club decision request

From Annie:

We decided tonight not to decide for July.

These are Meggin's suggestions:
- Falling through the Earth by Danielle Trussoni
- Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (really depressing, but good)

Roberta suggested American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Sarah suggested Jhumpa Lahiri's latest - Unaccustomed Earth: Stories (Sarah, correct me if I'm wrong)

I have The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz on my to-be-read-shelf right now.

Or, if you prefer, Susan suggested that everyone read what they like and report in for the July meeting.

I kind of like that idea.

Y'all ok with it?

Posted by s-gang at 10:04 AM

June 8, 2009

Meggin's suggestions for July

What do you want to read for July?

-Falling through the earth by Danielle Trussoni

-Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

-Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (really depressing, but good)

Posted by s-gang at 9:19 PM

Lunacy and the Arrangement of Books

Cited in the March/April issue of Technicalities ("Interfaces: A Brief History of Shelving" column by Jean Weihs, pp. 11-14):

Lunacy and the Arrangement of Books


House Beautiful: Decorating with Books

reviewed in an article in the Globe and Mail which also referenced The blog on the bookshelf

Posted by s-gang at 1:48 PM

June 7, 2009

Google Book Search posts agreement today

Google Book Search Settlement Agreement

Posted by s-gang at 8:32 AM