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New Yorker: “My Friend Flicka” - A Book About Horses That Is a Book About First Love.

Do you mean kids don’t read this book anymore? Flicka and the two sequels were regular favorites when I was a child. One of the reasons I *had* to live in the West. Books are meaningful. Choose your mental furniture carefully!

06/02/16 • 04:58 PM • ArtsBooksChildhoodPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mr Porter: How To Be Parisian.

On n’est heureux que par l’amour.

06/01/16 • 09:41 PM • ArtsBooksTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ghost in the Machine: Catching Up - Books.

Busy guy, Kevin. On my reading list(s). For The Past and Future City, did you look at the [what I call] Disneyfication of Santa Fe after 1912? They stripped the Victorian clapboards, the brick buildings, and stuccoed them over to look like Spanish Revival/Pueblo style. The past was forsaken for an older, faux past. Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality, cubed.

06/01/16 • 03:04 PM • ArtsBooksPersonalTravelWeblogs • (6) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: ‘Sweetbitter’ Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love.

I keep seeing reviews of this book again and again. Either it’s a great book, or someone’s really going out of their way to push this. I mean, it’s coming up in at least a half-dozen feeds in my agg over the last week. When you scan the reviews, the point that stands out: “There’s sex in it.” OK.

05/29/16 • 10:34 AM • ArtsBooksConsumption • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube/Netflix: The Little Prince - Main Trailer.

Brings tears to my eyes. Saint-Ex comes to save the world, at just the right time. Only few will listen. Will it make a difference? I hope. Fervently hope.

05/26/16 • 11:38 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Literary Hub: On the Art and Writing of the 1980s (And Against the 90s).

That third paragraph. How I wish I’d written it!

05/26/16 • 09:48 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Literary Hub: How Writers Will Steal Your Life and Use it For Fiction.

Writing is an act of thievery. [snip] You adapt experiences and anecdotes for your own purposes.

05/23/16 • 09:36 AM • ArtsBooks • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Millions: Dear Novel - On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript.

Every fiction writer thinks they need to be in a long-term relationship.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sometimes the arc is naturally short. Trying to lengthen it, it just gets worse and worse ... and the self-pressure dials to 11, 12 ...

05/23/16 • 09:35 AM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Catapult: The Fierce Triumph of Loneliness.

I moved through these scenes like a ghost yet felt astoundingly whole.” Well-expressed.

05/18/16 • 09:51 AM • ArtsBooksGeneralHome & LivingPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away.

At last. Peak digital is at hand. The ultimate disruptor of the new information age is … wait for it … the book.

05/15/16 • 12:36 PM • ArtsBooksConsumption • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BarnFinds: Restore Or Preserve - Canadian Curtis-Wright P-40 Warhawk.

Beats buying another P-51 or AT-6. I assume it has the rock-solid Allison V-12 in it. If you’ve not read it, American Aces by Edward H. Sims will keep you entertained for a long afternoon or a weekend.

05/15/16 • 12:27 PM • BooksHistoryVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Oxford American: Not Yet Lost. [Must-read!]

We both knew what it felt like to mourn something we had not yet lost.” I call this the read-of-the-month. Wonderfully written, best thing I’ve seen online in ages.

05/12/16 • 10:33 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryHome & Living • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

George R.R. Martin: Excerpt from the Winds of Winter.

Now I can stop apologizing for the slowness of Santa Fe’s most-recognized resident ...

05/11/16 • 01:20 PM • ArtsBooksPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Tudormania - Why can’t we get over it?

Mantel is still working on the final book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. She told me it was going well, but could not say when it will be finished, or published.” George RR Martin syndrome! It’s catching!

05/10/16 • 02:46 PM • ArtsBooksHistory • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LRB: Ian Penman reviews Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’ and ‘Collected Lyrics 1970-2015’.

Very long article. Skim. “I’ve known many people who dearly love Horses, but I can’t recall a single person ever declaring a passion for any of the other work, intermittent poetry and photography included.

05/10/16 • 10:07 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: The History Of Children’s Books.

A shift toward books that confront the complexity — and deep emotional challenges — that children and adolescents face.” Getting them on the ‘victimization’ train early, eh?

05/10/16 • 09:52 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Napoleonic ‘treasure’ unearthed in Tasmanian bookshop.

Cool. Every time I step into a used bookstore, I hope to find something like this.

05/09/16 • 07:10 PM • BooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince. Good reading right now.

Much of interest, but I take you to Chapter 20 in specific.

05/06/16 • 10:38 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Millions: Ward Farnsworth Doesn’t Mess Around - On ‘Classical English Metaphor’.

Oh yes. On my reading list!

05/06/16 • 08:47 AM • ArtsBooksPersonalScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Bookslut’s founder on shuttering the website, why American publishing is “repulsive”.

... her unapologetic frankness is a reminder of the spirit of forthright criticism that made Bookslut great. It will be sorely missed.” Yes, indeed. Another archetypal blog gone.

05/03/16 • 12:47 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryHuman RightsWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.

Ah, so this young woman is the wordsmith. Props.

05/02/16 • 09:03 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentHuman RightsMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

medieval books: The Secrets of Medieval Fonts.

No surviving artefact underscores this point of variation better than advertisement sheets of commercial scribes.” Even the Dark Ages suffered advertisements?!!

04/30/16 • 04:56 PM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Economist: Language anxieties - A long decline.

It seems that the slovenly teenager, not to mention the purse-lipped schoolmaster, is at least 4,000 years old.

04/29/16 • 09:27 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: La Farge library running out of time.

Closing La Farge would be a terrible shame. Hope they can find a new location, rather than just shut it down. It’s the most convenient full-service library to Eldorado. Our little Vista Grande Library is wonderful, but they don’t have the selection the main Santa Fe library system has. I can call and reserve a book, pick it up the next day on the same run I make to check the PO box.

04/25/16 • 04:11 PM • BooksPersonalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: Shakespeare the Social Scientist.

Also, I note that PS Mag is now on ‘white-label’ Medium.com. Seems too spare, with fonts just a bit too large, compared to the original non-Medium version.

04/22/16 • 11:38 AM • ArtsBooksDesignHistoryNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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