Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Morning Reading Notes

The weather in Maine has been outstanding for about a month now, but it's not too soon to begin thinking about winter. The WSJ checks in with the five best books on extreme cold.

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I picked up a few old books at the library yesterday: Christopher Morley's The Haunted Bookshop and Parnassus on Wheels, and Willa Cather's Death Comes to the Archbishop. The librarian who checked them out, an older woman, said mistily, "Nice old books," as if it were somewhat remarkable--and I suppose it is--to see them come across her desk. The old books are gradually disappearing from library shelves, to be replaced by contemporary stuff--or perhaps the stacks are simply consolidated to make room for more computers.

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I walked home from work on Friday reading. Hadn't done that in quite some time. Managed not to crash into telephone poles or trip over curbs, and dutifully took my face out of the book at intersections. I used to do this on return trips from the local library as a kid. The book, by the way, was Loren Estleman's The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion, which was engaging enough but not great.

2 comments:

n. davis rosback said...

"read-walking" i've never done that before!!! it sound wonderful!

i hope to get another sunday service post again sometime. i loved the detail.

i am thinking of going to
http://www.northvalleyfriends.org/worship/index.html

for the unprogrammed meeting at 9:30 today.

i wonder what i should take? :-)
actually, i am runnin pretty low lately. but, i'll take what i've got and wing it...


i still don't know how to leave links correctly on comments...

Erin Hope said...

hahaha. ... I read while walking a lot. I think I actually get injured less while reading and walking than when I am just plain walking.