Tag Archives: books

In the sunset of dissolution …

In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine. I don’t know why but a year or two ago, I copied this sentence in a notebook. It comes from “The Unbearable Lightness of

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The End of Books

Pundits keep worrying that books will disappear, replaced by digital tracts, and that people are doing less and less reading. They’re communicating in quick tweets and something summary called a chat. Grammar and spelling are things of the past. It

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Who would you like to murder in one of my books?

The contest to help write the next book in the Green Mountain Whodunit Series is still on. Who would you like to see murdered in the Shrubsbury Museum (the Old Stone House), and how? If your idea is selected, you

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Truth and fiction

History is after all only a pack of tricks we play on the dead,” said Voltaire. Well, maybe it’s not quite that bad–but memory is certainly unreliable. There are as many versions of history as there are historians. There are

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Why read? Why write? Why live?

Some people suggest that reading, and especially reading literature, is out of style and will gradually become obsolete. After all, you can find any information you need on the Internet. Graphic novels and celebrity memoirs are the order of the

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The library at nightfall

 Now he would prowl the stacks of the library at night, pulling books out of a thousand shelves and reading them like a madman. The thought of these vast stacks of books would drive him mad; the more he read,

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Will Paradise be “a kind of library?”

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.    – Jorge Luis Borges There are libraries that are so physically beautiful, their creators must have modeled them on some heavenly idea of a treasure box. It’s as

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Will our libraries turn into Starbucks?

The other day I ran across this query by Scott McLeod on bigthink. He was speculating about the future of the library in our computer age. When books, magazines, newspapers reference materials, music, movies and other traditional library content all

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Melissa Zink and the book

Melissa Zink, c.1995, Embudo, New Mexico. Photo by Margery Franklin.   It’s difficult to write about Melissa Zink. I’ve seen only one art piece by her, and then briefly. Photographs, because they’re from only one perspective and most of her work

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My computer is back and whole after having received a hard drive transplant, and some fooling and fiddling. I should be eager and ready to produce a post, but I find I’m mostly befuddled. Partly, I suppose it’s a matter

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