Tag - Books

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...

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...

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 yesterday...

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...

Pamuk Interview in Granta

I started reading Istanbul: Memories and the City a few nights ago and found this of particular interest. Over the past several weeks, Granta, my favorite litmag, has been republishing pieces written by the 12 Nobel laureates whose work has...

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 every...

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...

for the moleskine obsessed

For those whose moleskine obsessions are as insatiable as mine, good news: those nifty journal makers have introduced a City Notebook series to feed our habits. Each of the 228 page notebooks feature up to 36 pages of zone maps, an alphabetical...

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...