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Future Shock, rescued

I rescued this yesterday, a Croatian translation of Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. If anyone wants to borrow it, lemme know. Published by Otokar Keršovani, Rijeka, Croatia (then Yugoslavia) in 1975, six years before I first read it in high…

Bicycle Diaries Audio Book excerpt

Just a few days after Christmas last year, I was slowly worming my way through the security line at Montreal's airport reading through the last pages of David Byrne's Bicycle Diaries. The first security guard stopped me to ask just one…

Remembering Emerson, briefly

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the leading voices in the American Transcendental Movement in the early part of the 19th C., who died 127 years ago today. Ralph Waldo Emerson, originally uploaded by…

Grains of sand as art.

Via Discover is this fabulous gallery of magnified grains of sand. From A Grain of Sand - Nature's Secret Wonder, by Gary Greenberg, published last week. Check it out. A nifty promo video is here.

Seven Days in the Art World

I just finished reading Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton, a fabulous account of a microculture --the high-end modern art world-- that 99% of us will never experience. Those seven days are actually seven chapters, drawn on…

The Chavez Effect

According to this post by Jake Tapper of ABC News, just after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave Barack Obama a copy of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano…

Eight Years Later

Discussing his latest novel, Man in the Dark, Paul Auster tells The Guardian about the root of his frustrations in recent years. If there is something getting Auster's goat, it's American politics. It was his disgust at the outcome of the…

English excerpts from German Book Prize nominees

Friends and acquaintances often ask me to recommend guidebooks as they plan their first visits to Europe. I rarely do, suggesting they instead pick up some contemporary fiction from their selected destination. In many cases it'll provide…

What to do with old books…

Jim Rosenau of the This Into That Gallery in Berkeley, Calif., has come up with a sensational solution: he makes book shelves and bookcases, among other things, out of them. Begin browsing the gallery here and admit it, you want each and…

Under the Surface

Good-Bye to all That: Partings is the theme for this month's issue of Words Without Borders, a fitting way to say farewell to a calendar year by one of my favorite online lit mags. Among the selections is a short piece, Under the Surface,…

Before the blog – zines from the 80s…

Part of the stash of stuff I had shipped here last October included what's left of my modest collection of zines from the late 80s --you know, those photocopied political rags, lit mags, artists books, chapbooks and collections of rants…

paper obsessions

After years of scribbling notes into haphazard notebooks, steno pads and other such gup, I decided last week that it was time to break down and begin using real journals. Judging from this piece in today's Tacoma, Washington News Tribune,…