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About mePicture: Two eaglets born about 10:45 am, US Eastern Time, March 29, 2014 in New Jersey. From L to R; Dad's feet, Eaglet One, Eaglet Two, Egg for Eaglet Three, Mom's beak. A link to the nest which is being continuously viewed by a cam recorder (no privacy for eagles in New Jersey I'm afraid)...

Picture Update Note... The eagle in the third egg has now hatched. For my purposes, I've named them Huey, Dewey and Louie, although I have no idea what gender they belong to and which is which. And, obviously, they aren't ducks... So, you might ask, What's the point of names? My answer is that they need an identity other than Eagle One, Two and Three.

The rationale of my book ratings is similar to most others at LT, and:
* Non-books (e.g. maps) are rated for what they are and my reaction to them and
*Books are also rated considering what they are; a book rating restaurants in Chicago, for example, could well be rated highly simply because it does what you expect in a thorough, thoughtful way. You don't expect, nor should you, great literature and
* I tend not to rate books or other items that I haven't yet read (seems fair???) or books I don't much like (with, so far, one outstanding exception).

In general, the idiosyncratic and off beat reviews here are of books that have few or no other reviews.

Feel free to leave a note below if you drop by... I'd offer you a cup of coffee or tea, but that seems impractical in this venue.

About my libraryAbout 80/20 nonfiction to fiction. I like reading history, biography, finance, architecture, real estate, social issues... I'm addicted to maps and atlases which are helpful with regard to many reading interests, especially history, and frequently are wonderful art and history pieces themselves.

If I was quite wealthy, I'd collect historic maps and have a map room and a real library.

A 'real library,' that's like... Dark wood paneling, old-fashioned Victorian style sky light, high enough ceiling as to require a rolling ladder to reach the top books on the gonzo shelves, over stuffed chair with good reading light behind it, antique roll top desk. Lock on the door with the only key in my pocket. Could the library have its own private veranda (not a mere porch or patio, please) with an arbor adjacent to it?

Do I have to smoke a pipe? Do I need a spaniel? Is this a tad selfish?

--- My take on and interests in interesting libraries: --- *

20s30s40s Glass.
AdkArchHeritage Adirondacks.
advcongroup Finance (Singapore - many).
Africansky1 Maps, biz-econ history, architecture, glass.
antimuzak Classical music, history, maps (esp UK).
aquamari Finance.
archidose Architecture (broadly).
AsYouKnow_Bob History esp UK, maps, sociology.
Aulsmith Maps, history.
AurelArkad History, maps-atlases, travel, architecture.
bakshi Finance.
benwaugh Music recordings incl R & R, Classical, zydeco; ancient world.
bill Numismatics, archaeology.
burnit99 Humor (incl Pogo), politics, history (esp US).
cemanuel History (esp ancient, medieval).
chicagocoin Numismatics
CSMcMahon Chicago, humor.
danbrady Chicago.
dgrapes Chicago, history (esp military), architecture, maps-atlases.
dkathman Chicago, finance, history.
DonnahB Glass.
Dragonfly Maps, history, humor, music recordings.
DZOGG Photography.
Electric Ray Finance.
Excataloger Maps, travel, nature.
farrier Finance.
freudslip History, humor, finance.
geoffmangum Maps, history.
Golodhrond History (esp WW II, military).
gq2000 Finance.
herrold Finance.
hopebuilder Architecture, alt power.
hpatner Finance.
isacapp Glass.
Library of Mistakes Finance.
jeannealogy School yearbooks, Chicago.
Jeffery Finance, history.
jeffreydbrown Maps (esp National Geographic).
jewellsbooks Glass.
jimroberts Finance, humor.
jmcilree Finance, history.
JNSelko History (esp WW II), humor (Pogo), science, philately, maps-atlases.
joelweinstein Finance.
John_Vaugh History, maps (different take).
krystal347 Glass.
kristinalynn History (individual level), Chicago.
leese Finance, history. (Korean tags... 금융 = finance, 경제 = economic, 경영 = business, 역사 = history).
LeventhalMapCenter Many atlases,maps, cartography
lilithcat Chicago, architecture.
mariancontrarian History, social.
MarkHammer History, finance (no tags).
marmot Chicago, maps, architecture.
Marquand Glass, architecture.
melvinsico Finance.
mmarzagalli Finance.
mooncap Finance.
msrau Glass.
Neighbors Arts, Photography.
Neuromancer Humor (Pogo).
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago Nature.
pranogajec Architecture, Chicago.
purtycherty Glass.
rathad Architecture, stamps.
recollector Maps, collecting old maps.
richmon Architecture.
Rivendell Architecture, maps (esp UK).
setnahkt Archaeology, geology (Galena), history, maps-atlases.
ShaiDardashti Finance.
sricci01 Glass.
stellarexplorer History, atlases, maps.
sugarhalo2330 Glass.
SusanBargar Glass.
Thrin History, classical music, humor.
wcarter History, atlases, classic autos.
WholeHouseLibrary History, humor, maps.
ZenNovice History, humor, maps.

* Don't be offended if you have a terrific group of XYZ books and they aren't listed here; the listing after your LT name is only what drew me to your library.

GroupsAdirondacks and beyond, Ancient History, Archaeology, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Book Sales, Brits, Cemeteries & Gravestones, Chicagoans, Classical Musicshow all groups


Favorite bookstores57th Street Books, Bargain Books - Naperville - Ogden Mall, City Newsstand, O'Gara & Wilson, Ltd., Powell's - Hyde Park, Seminary Co-op Bookstore

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Structural engineering? I like to think I have some skills there, but I've always had a problem with structural integrity. As in, I sold mine. Do Legos count?

Hope your plans to get your mother-in-law out of her house went well.

If you can't throw money at it, try to sell it as a modern art masterpiece.
Speaking of copycats, remember that suave Swede's sweet ad for his Volvo? It's not a trend.
I say, excuse me! Only the most gullible of mind would believe such scurrilous contumely.
Wat? I guess I got dropped one too many times on my head as a baby; never hurts to wear a helmet, y'know.

And in my defense, I gave you an opportunity to specify which grandfather...

But seriously, it's always nice to find people who deserve to be happy actually being happy; curiously, that is too rare a thing.
She's the spitting image of her grandfather.

Best get in some quality time before she gets too big to toss up and down.
Now I've learned the hard way not to comment on a baby's appearance, but I gotta say, there's something doesn't feel right in that picture of your granddaughter walking. Now, no offense, I'm going to be blunt, here. If I were pressed for specifics, I'd say that she looks like a zebra--but honestly, I don't know enough about zebras or grandchildren to really press the matter.
"SP"? I'm sorry, I'm not down with the lingo, dadio. (I am so very very sorry). Just be grateful she didn't use "could/should/would of" and think of everything else as the natural evolution of demotic English.

How are the kids?
Canada has problems
Some of the folk at my dog park have Chinese Cresteds, but none quite so ugly. Poor thing just looks happy to be alive.
I hate to be the one to say this, but that's actually pretty sweet.
Two books, both pertaining to maps:

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

The Glass Sentence b y S.E. Grove

via Nancy Pearl@NPR
To me that's not some kind of Disneyfied human-animal interaction, it's just normal life helping life, or in essence just life.
People are so cynical. Historically we've had a tendency to ignore child suffering and to think that owning and raping slaves was OK. Does that mean we used to be more realistic (as in maybe we were all Republicans) or that human empathy is slowly beginning to show us the error of our ways? I don't think people try to help animals to show their compassion, people (and animals) are compassionate, and we want to help those in need. But then, I am a retired nurse.
I can really see a career in this.
That was the last thing on my mind.

Also, that red-tipped propeller her's holding is very suggestive. I can't be the only one, right?
I still use the same car, an hand-me-down that used to belong to my sisters; a "motorized rolling ham" whose only selling point, as far as my parents were concerned, is that it's a two seater, leaving no room backseat shenanigans. I honestly wouldn't be able to know whether it was actually running or if it'd stalled and was rolling downhill. But hey, so long as it got me from A to B, I'm not complaining.

If I had to buy a car (which I hope I won't, thanks to Google's fleet of auto-automocars), I'll probably go for something futuristic, like an Intergalactic SpaceBoat of Light and Wonder or, as long as we're fantasizing, something really classic, like the "12 yards long, 2 lanes wide, 65 tons of American pride," Canyonero, Canyonero!

Unless, of course, the salesperson recommends something better, in which case, I'll might come home with a Ford ThunderCougarFalconBird.
Like every starry-eyed boy raised on adventure, I'm looking for a different kind of used vehicle built by "engineering wizards of a bygone era."
Depending on the kind of termites, in the immortal woods of Kent Brockman, I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.
But still you see the one off to the side removed from the other two. I don't know why this makes me so nervous, but it does. Unresolved eagle abandonment issues, I guess.
Here I thought Mom was done sitting, but it's raining and she has as much of them under her as she can. What a gal. When I looked in yesterday she was feeding them, at least 2 of them who were heads first, front and center chowing down. The third has his rear end pointed at her. This just makes me very nervous. Is this the same one who is always left out? It seems to be growing at the same rate, so it must be eating some time but, are they French? Do they not possess the concept of lining up?
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This screams 1950s, that whole dated design attempting to be space age look. Love it.

aaand (1) & (4)
Some day I hope to build a library like that in a future house, but alas currently we're making to in an apartment filled with books on most walls!

They say it's "lucky" when a bird drops it's digested breakfast on you, but I think that's just to try and make people covered in bird crap feel better.
Yes--the same river system at least. :-)
Thanks for the comment on my photo. It is actually the Illinois River at Beardstown at sunrise. But not a bad guess!
I was so dazzled that no, I did not notice that.
Seeing things from another person's eyes is always cool. All I've got is this dog commercial.

Speaking of dogs, here's a clever Subaru commercial from Russia.
Now that Mom and Dad are able to go off on their own, I think the kids need some Golden Books, and maybe a guard rail.
So what was the best thing that happened when the Qallunaat came to the country? Cat got your tongue?
That's pretty cool; there are whole ecosystems on dollar bills. I wonder if there are any organisms that have evolved to fill that niche and can't survive outside of it ... [insert your own joke here].

I wonder what's on my keyboard, phone ... Do you know of any good hands-free dictation software?
So you're saying you hope the Easter Bunny leaves you a drone inside your egg this year?
How exciting tht there's a movie about Vivian Maier. I checked Net Flix, not there yet but I'll keep hoping.
l looked at the kids for the first time in a while just now. They're really growing up, and mom finally has her underbelly back.
Is that the dude from Boardwalk Empire? Who do you think I am?
I don't want to go through many more winters like this one we just went through if I have a better choice....
Thanks Munn - but Tahiti wouldn't agree with me full-time. Humidity does bad things to my skin! I'm thinking dry but temperate, like maybe the high country of northern New Mexico?
Yeah; my sleep cycle has been less circadian and more ante meridiem.
Thanks, but I'm in the market for a pied-à-terre that's a little more ... international.
You're celebrating WHAT with what?

My God...
You know it, hunn.
Ach, I can't take it. Mom's feeding the two in front and completely ignoring the little fuzz ball in the back. I just want to grab a piece of fish and show her where he is.
Too true. I read a book on Alzheimers once in which the author claimed there's no such thing as normal age related short term memory loss. I didn't check to see how old the person was, but unless every older person I know has Alzheimers, I think he was wrong.
Finally got to see the little fuzz balls, one having its lunch. Looks like it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.
Sometimes one needs a little incentive not to be late. That'll do it.
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I have $80 dollars in my purse right now. Am I close?
Thanks. I was just winging it.
Well, shoot, I looked at 6 their time this morning, the sun wasn't yet up. Then I forgot until now, when the poor bird is nesting in the rain with dad at her head. There's an egg at the end/ of her tail, not being incubated. I guess that must be shell. It's a lovely family, though looking a little chilly.
Remember that anecdote? Something something segue here (Ken Burns short) charming leave-taking.
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Is that called a love tap?
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Struttin' his stuff confident everyone is watching.
In momma eagles place I think I'd want a book to read.
Apparently if you look at midnight, there's not much to see. Thanks for the link, I'll try it in the day time.
Thanks for keeping me updated; in return, an adorable baby waking up.
Woot-hoot! Now with Oculus Rift!
You had me at "beer."

I am completely ignorant of snow etiquette. For all I know, that's normal winter behavior.
The article on resurrecting extinct species (and yes, if you've seen Her, the resurrection of Alan Watts via AI recreation) got me thinking: why not "resurrect" writers? Upload their actual work and LibraryThing's Legacy Libraries to build a database of an author's DNA--their influences, sources, style, vocabulary, etc--and write that sequel we've all been waiting for, Arthur in Avalon by T.H. White. The Merrie Comedy of the Redemption of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. Tarzan of Barsoom by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Why stop at one author? Imagine collaborations by authors who never got together because of a woman (or lived in different periods--I guess a woman applies there, too): Alice's Journeys to the Moon by Lewis Carroll and Lucian. The Hitchhiker's Guide to Emerald City by by Frank Baum & Douglas Adams. Or more realistically, the conclusion for George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series.

EMI has already did to music. Schools already do the same thing, in reverse, to check for plagiarism. I know they're not real, but I'm already making room for the boxed set of Kilgore Trout's complete works.

On a serious note, I think I may have made a mistake. I've developed a yearning for T.H. White's Arthur in Avalon and I may never be able to satisfy it.
Cool article. Siberia Park, anyone?

I hope we perfect it and one day restore entire ecologies.
this is more in my area of kitchen expertise
I thought it was referring to the Greek goddess of wisdom.

A few of your most recently read books both had to do with commodities; can I interest you in Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter, the Malcolm Gladwell of Recycling?
Give me some fin, duuude.
I see your self-aware self reflection and raise you a Ken Burns meta-instrospection, The Old Negro Space Program.
"Let the (link) chain be unbroken!"
It's nice to hear that Bloomberg is clever as I am.

Your attempt to bust my chops via hey, look at these pics!
addendum: Subaru owners and Subaru in general
If I wasn't already familiar with Subaru owners, I'd think you worked for its PR department.

re: Bubblegum


A bit violent? Sure, but as my daddy always told me...
re: S. S. Galena
Engineering. It works by engineering.

Like a bumblebee?

BTW, did you catch the cannonball stuck in its hull (near the waterline)?
Whenever I hear the word "farms" I think the San Juaquin/Central Valley and the huge fields of the Mid West. Sometimes Jefferson's yeomen intrudes, but no so much nowadays.

You're right, of course soil, terrain, and climate would affect the setup of the farms; as would time, technology, market, and culture. Or is it the other way around?

As for "Stonewall," that conjures a different image.

Anyway, I came across this earlier today, the USS Galena. I thought you might like it.
Sounds like a great library idea, we were actually looking at doing a similar thing in an prospective apartment we were looking at buying that had a long entrance hallway that connected to the lounge room wall - would have made a great long bookcase.
What's that?
Here's an interesting pic of center-pivot farming.
Happy New Year, Munn!

Sure, I'd be happy to give it a go again with Geogessr. Thanks for your efforts!
about the township lines needed to be corrected due to the earth's curvature. that's what's interesting.
That was interesting. I never knew that. Or thought about it.

You might be interested in looking up Theban democracy, the kind of conservative agrarian democracy that Thomas Jefferson idealized.

I don't say this often enough, but you're a genius. That clause should come standard in every prenup.
Now, to my untrained ear, everyone from cities in the west sound the same
I guess that's why I always assumed I didn't have an accent, because everyone I talked to anywhere I went all sounded the same.
Pigmy goats, I'll bet my little long haired daughter would have liked those lots better.
Cool. It didn't get any city I've actually lived in, but it did put me in the west.
Those are my middle names.
Love that picture -- thanks bb! In fact, I'm always thinking about where I may want to settle down after my income-generating days come to a close, and that image looks a lot like the kind of thing I may be looking for! Also considering upstate NY; Bucks County PA; Oregon; and Colorado....
About the dog resemblance, I don't think you could look at my dogs and pick me out as their owner; however as far as personalities go, I think I combine the worst qualities of my mean little Cairn Terrier with the obsequiousness of my cattle dog mix.

My nephew is about to get married and plans to do not only all the housework but also all the cooking along with holding down a full time job and going to business school. I'm pretty sure perfectionism is at work more than feminism, but I'm thinking this is kind of a recipe for disaster. He's a nice guy, in fact a very nice guy and he loves her very much, but this doesn't sound promising.
Thanks, Munn. I'll check it out before my next trip there. And isn't the new set of "Pogo" reprints just gorgeous?

bb & stellar:

I see the advantage of having a regular schedule, but that's the part that's not working for me right now. I will certainly play when I have time, but I don't want to have to start a game at a given time. So if you two are willing to keep it going without me being a regular for a while, that's fine with me.

My only other thought is whether we should try to recruit people on the games thread. That's not one I follow so I don't know how likely that is to get us new players.

I'm good with all that. I don't have any brilliant better ideas!
I have the book, but have not yet read it. Seems like it should be interesting.

Strawberries are indeed invasive. The dogs love eating them, as do my great nephews and niece. The raspberries have not done so well here, maybe next year.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with the garden dragon. You'll be happy to know that I and my two dogs are the main eaters of strawberries. And yes, we have had a wonderful year for growing food. Blueberries, and strawberries are my two best crops but my niece has been growing beans and lettuce and other goodies. Lots of ripe tomatoes still hanging on her bushes, too.

Nice. I think our weather is quite wonderful but I do know many who can not tolerate the temperate temperatures and the pervasive and seemingly forever gray skies and dripping rains.

Big vegetable person too. Though I must admit, I've generally reserved celery salt for potato salads. Must expand its repertoire!

Sorry - I saw your message yesterday but didn't get around to replying. I'm temporarily without a computer that will play nicely with GeoGuesser, so I don't know if I can create a challenge. If no-one else has jumped in by this evening, I'll have a go.

Actually, I'm a big fan of vanilla too. It's too bad that it suffers from poor PR!
When I was a kid going out to eat anywhere was super duper special. For this generation of kids I wonder if those feelings are reserved for when they get a family meal at home.
Usual breakfast when I'm not living on Venus: oatmeal or 7 grain cereal with toasted almonds or walnuts, a banana and soy milk. 2 cups of coffee with milk. Usual breakfast on these melting days: a strawberry, grape, banana (or whatever fruit is around), tofu, yogurt, jalapeño smoothie with toast and 1 cup of coffee with milk.
My sister and I always laugh about my son's pancake comment. It's so grouchy and non typical (just like him).
So, no creamed spinach for your daughter. She couldn't have found a slightly more subtle way to make her point?

As for reasonable and gun control. Why would anyone use those words in the same sentence?
My father's favorite cold breakfast: Cheerios mixed with raisin bran (yes, the mush factor), a spoonful of peanut butter and half a banana - every day. He didn't understand why none of his kids wanted to join him. Ah, fresh peaches - with day after day being over 115 degrees, peaches and tomatoes give me something about summer to love.
I remember loving all those 50s foods - fish sticks, oh yeah, jello with pineapple and shredded carrots, yum, TV dinners - what a treat. Does everyone love the food of their childhood? Well, not my kids. My adult son once complained to my sister about how much he doesn't like breakfast, "Mom was always making pancakes". Or even worse, I used to make steel cut oats with bone meal, raisins and honey. My daughter can't get enough of the forbidden Fruit Loops now.
Hi Munn,

Just saw your February comment to me. Seems I don't check the Comments very often!

I've been living at Wolf Creek Lodge since late November last year. We have 24 of 30 units occupied, another sold with move in in a month or two. I am definitely in the right place! Retired at the end of March and very glad I did. Don't know how I had time to work!

I think there are well over 100 cohousing communities in the US, but only a handful of senior cohousing groups. I also think this is the wave of the future because it makes so much sense. And it's so much fun!

Thanks for the note.

Oh, thank you. That one was particularly successful. My personal record, actually.

I would think there would be many people who would be interested in a weekly challenge. Part of the problem is how to let them know. How do you put up a billboard on LibraryThing?
That's a terrific collection of maps and atlases you have!

And I love the way you have singled out aspects you've appreciated of the libraries of others.
I copied all my tags into Wordle and that is what it came up with, one year apart.
I don't think about Steve Jobs much and until recently turned off the Correct Spelling and Grammar (as I type) function on one of my word processing programs. But we do have this in common: "I'm addicted to maps and atlases ... "
The car at the Illinois Railroad Museum was a standard automobile/truck which had been fitted with railroad wheels. Many railroads had at least one car set up this way. They were used for inspection runs. The modern day version is a standard truck fitted with railroad wheels mounted on hydraulic fore and aft axles which can be raised and lowered. The truck can pull up on any grade crossing, position itself so its tires are on the tracks and then lower the railroad wheels until they engage the track and then drive away.

I found the article about the car I mentioned last night and it was not a track inspection car, rather it was strictly a custom car for an Erie railroad VP for use as an everyday vehicle for personal transport. It turns out it was a 1907 Buick and the VP, who was in charge of the shop forces in Philadelphia, had the car delivered straight to the backshop where the shop forces were ordered to "make it look like a locomotive". What they build was a custom runabout with the features I mentioned before in addition to others. The article was in a 1996 issue of Antique Automobile and the owner/restorer as of that writing lived in Pennsylvania.
> do you have any objection to my posting on Reviews reviewed group the following information ...

I have no problem with that. Go for it, and thanks for asking.

You may notice though, that "Reviews reviewed" has been getting very little activity. It was very active for a while, but I suppose people move on and we haven't been picking up new ones fast enough. I've seen this happen to other groups too.
What an accurate quote. My conservative sister has long maintained that people are poor because of the bad choices they've made, so why should that be the concern of anyone else. She's getting a little better, but I do think a portion of the compassion gene is missing.
I was trying to diagram "LOL" but the way LT does HTML defeated me. The letters under the first line were supposed to be indented and preceded by backslashes so that they looked like the slanted line for an adverb (OL) coming down from the verb L. No doubt there's a way to make it look like that but I'm not motivated to figure it out.
Hi Munn, not a huge Paul Simon fan, but I thought that title might be recognizable. I much prefer Van Morrison for the singer-songwriter type of stuff, and jazz in general.

Saw 16-month old Kennedy Grace briefly over the holidays. Doing new stuff every day--what a great age.

best, Jim
I'm glad you're psyched. I'm sure he makes a great deal of sense. I'm also sure the GOP's relationship to making sense is tenuous to non existent. I have no idea how anything is going to get done.

As bad as I think it looks, I do envy you sleeping in your dad's Nash.
I was about 12 and remember the ads for the fold down seats and sleeping in the car.
My folks had a vacation cabin that we build in Conn. and spent many weekends, holidays
and vacations camped there while building it. I can remember thinking how great it
would be if my dad had a Nash that we could have slept in it instead of in the tent we used.

I'll send along the NGMap Collectors Guide as soon as I can find it.


First... I've enjoyed looking at the pixs on your site.........
Being old enough to remember the Nash Statesman........ugh.
(Sorry but it was ugly in 1949 and it's still ugly).
But your taste in paneled libraries more than makes up for the Nash pix.

on listing maps
It is an interesting idea since large libraries all have maps cataloged.
My own collection is, shall I say utilitarian (read affordable) from a large collection viewpoint.
It is principally composed of about 600+ National Geographic Magazine, Book, Atlas and other
supplement items. Additional I have a several hundred item gasoline and state and foreign
roadmap collection along with other special use maps for hiking, birding, etc.
I have well over 1000 maps and related items, to say nothing of over 700 Nat Geo magazines
and 3000 volumes in my library. As a result, in reality......I'll never get around to cataloging them on LT.
I haven't done my books yet........
I do have an Excel based card catalog for my library, pretty complete with sources, costs, dewey, ISBN.
LCCN etc. I have also written a National Geographic Map Collectors Guide, which is actually a catalog
of my NG collection.

To your question as to on line access.... Sorry to say there is none. I don't have a webpage so I am
unable to post it anywhere. If you would like I can send you a copy of the document. I am currently
traveling for the summer and have several USB file sticks with me but I'm not sure if I have the Guide.
Let me know if you would like it and I will sort through them.

take care
The pot calling the kettle black; you've the funniest galleries in LT!

I've always thought that the West's science, rocketry, space exploration, etc., was definitely helped by Germany's Nazism. But we definitely were "blessed" by many artists as well! The Great Escape Certainly supports that hypothesis.


In response to your comments about an author's use of foreign language, it would seem a simple matter to include a translation somewhere (footnotes or endnotes). I can't imagine why they wouldn't do so for us Philistines that only speak English.

Just went to add a few more books and noticed your comment. All part of the job, I work for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and was formerly at the George Eastman House in Rochester, so I do have quite an extensive collection of photography books.

You should, if still interested in antique photographic processes check the workshops offered by the George Eastman House. They teach a variety of processes with major artists in the field who uses the process in their creative work.



No! Say it ain't so about Barbara's! Oak Park is one of my favorite areas because it has a nice, small town feel to the downtown part. But like actual small towns, I guess it's struggling to keep the local stores open. The last time I was there I noticed a lot of empty storefronts.
Thank you so much for your kinds words about my review of "A Beautiful Mind." I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope you are having a wonderful spring as well.

West side, South side, all around the town............ my singing voice remains unremarkable, as does my pun-ability. While I didn't live there, I spent considerable time around the South Shore environs. Originally a West-sider, (Garfield Park), I became a South-sider in the early '50s, you know, one of those Congress Expressway refugees.
Hey Munn,

Happy New Year to you too, and thanks for thinking of us poor St. Louis area denizens (still wistfully dreaming of past glories, such as 1904 when we had the World's Fair and the Olympics, or the year in the 1940's - memory fails me on the exact year - when it was an all-St. Louis World's Series between the Cardinals and the Browns).

Yes, I've been drooling over the new Pogo reprints too; it looks gorgeous. Been rationalizing the purchase, since I already have all the original books, all the reprints I know of, and other assorted Walt Kelly odds & ends; I should be well-satisfied. But the completist in me must be fed; plus, it looks like a lot of new material in these reprints.

I expect 65 years is somewhat past the statute of limitations for childhood arson; I wouldn't be nervously peeking out my windows for the Arson squad.

And speaking of Chicago - don't know how near you are - I'll be bringing my family up there to bop around a couple of days, sometime in March. I remember from my salad days that there is a particular street with several good used bookstores clustered together. Can you refresh my memory, or recommend a particular favorite used bookstore haunt of yours? Also, we have a very affable German foreign exchange student staying with us this year, and thought it'd be fun to take him to a good German restaurant. Any that come to mind in the Windy City?

Cheers to you and the rabbits for the coming year,

The deeper I got into Yiddish Policeman's Union, the more lost I became, until it ultimately became a chore. Chabon has received some excellent reviews, so I recently purchased his The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

I can't say we share many of the same reading preferences, but I found your page a hoot.
yes, the Outer Banks has been on my list forever, but somehow we always go out west. The preserved town in IL sounds pretty terrific. I love ruins and abandoned stuff almost as much as cemeteries and I photograph both whenever possible. Go for it and then let me know if you use flickr or another hosting site so I can see, too. : )
Hi, Munn

Christchurch is a weeping sore at the moment. Not fun when one has distant relatives there. So far, there are 75 dead and over 200 still missing.

Fortunately for me I live in Auckland, well north of the disaster zone.

‘Aurélien Arkadiusz’
Nice haul at the booksale, Bill!

I'm listening to Ted Kennedy's True Compass and am really enjoying it. Looking at your library, it might be right up your alley. Have you read it?

Cheers! Joanne
Yup, Munn, that's me in the acknowledgments! We are a pretty small part of all the publishing that gets done at the Smithsonian. We publish a lot of monographs, like the one I sent you. The Blount Symposia papers are actually pretty readable, compared to the ones in our Zoology (A Review of African Blastobasinae (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Coleophoridae), with New Taxa Reared from Native Fruits in Kenya) and Botany series (Marine Algae of the Northern Gulf of California: Chlorophyta and Phaeophyceae). See what I mean? We publish a few books and exhibit catalogs that might be of interest to a wider audience--but not a lot. I am currently working on a book about the portraits of the artist Alexander Calder. SISP has its own publisher page here on LibraryThing.

Enjoy the publication! I learned lots working on it, especially that postal history is not all about stamps and philately.


PS: Have you read Devil in the White City?
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