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About meTwo eaglets born about 10:45 am Eastern, 3/29/2014 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 I'm afraid, although at night it's about impossible to see anything)...

I'm a retired commercial real estate lender (retired early and long enough ago that I believe that I have no responsibility for the 2008-2011 financial and real estate debacle).

The rationale of my book ratings is similar to 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, for example, 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, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Book Sales, Brits, Cemeteries & Gravestones, Chicagoans, Classical Music, Crambo!show 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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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.
What the--??? Who was your barista today, Dali?

Here's some Kafka for your coffee.
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.
"Yes, let's go."
[We] do not move.
Yes, let's go.
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.
That's not so bad. I got the diaBEEtus.
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)?
Well, I'm all out of bubblegum; there leaves me with only one thing to do.
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.
The Most Amazing, Beautiful and Viral Maps of the Year (2013)

And because shopping season is over, we can laugh now.
Don't forget to wear a helmet. :)
Christmas Eve=day before Xmas

Christmas Adam=day after Xmas ... right? Or, like my whacky dialect, is this also an anomaly ?

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.
Merry Christmas Adam, Munn.
Cool. It didn't get any city I've actually lived in, but it did put me in the west.
Have you ever wondered what a choir of silent monks sounds like?

Thanks for the heads up, but I haven't had any pork since I went undercover as a Hasidic Jew. Just didn't seem right.

Glad to hear you made through it okay.
Is this a New Yorker attempt to subtly imply that influxes immigrants from climate-affected societies are destroying our own attempts at environmental sustainability?
Great minds think alike. I once used Beethoven's 9th. It made me late but it was worth it. The most transcendent dreams I ever had. In fact, I had to abseil from the ceiling. (Ok, when I get up, I usually take a shower in the dark and slowly awaken in there; I stayed in the shower that day for the rest of the song; it was amazing.)
Yep, Nature is often without mercy.

But don't worry, I'm sure those baby turtles have gone...

... to a better place ...

Btw, did their neighbors suddenly start having fishy eggs for breakfast?

(I bet you were expecting some turtles (gifs) of your own, huh?)
addendum: I'll stop.
What can I say? I have an unorthodox train of thought; combine that with Google and many twists and turns later, I end up with turtles on my mind.

Where do I start? Perhaps, we should go back to where all this began; that's right: my origin story:

"Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns
driven time and again off course . . ."
You're making me blush; both at my LSS group (I'm not skilled at hostage negotiation) and that kidding pun.
I am at a loss for words.
You caught me. I'm actually a turtle; those are all selfies.
Yeah, but who needs grace when you're preparing for war?
Oh yeah, they do. Here, you see a turtlass as Odette; beautiful swan dive, don't you think?

And here, Siegfried.

They worked with Reisinger; they're quite long-lived, you know.
I've always preferred depth to breadth, except when it comes to rivers. They may become widely read, but they'll be appreciated to those that need them--like a bridge, to stick with the river theme. After all, for many of those books, there is no other guide. In short, it's good work and it's appreciated. Keep it up. Speaking of rivers and river-related themes, didn't you express, once upon a time, some passing interest--casual though it may be, so fleeting you might not even recall it--in A River Runs Through It? (hint, hint)

As for that Ulysses review, "?", far from unique, is my reaction towards most things in life. But I'm gonna take a page from Vonnegut and say instead, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is."

Your knack for analytics deserves merit. Mention it in the LT suggestion box; LT should have this. Delegate this to the professionals who are paid to do this work. In other words, "Can't someone else do it?"

And finally, the reason I'm here. I'm sure you've already seen Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity. Well, there's already a trailer for the sequel, Alfonso Cuarón's IKEA.

I believe I may have driven a stake through the heart of my reputation for economy of language.
Interesting designs. I can't stop laughing at the turtle car. It's juvenile, I know, but c'mon!

Those are my middle names.
Yes! I got a new lease: tomorrow's a holiday and the library's closed, so I can return them Tuesday morning, before it opens.
That's the way they're supposed to be.

Wow. That's remarkably close.

Want a pic?
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....
sorry i didn't answer earlier; more candy-related sickness.

thanks for the books; there goes my weekend.
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Daayumn, bookblotter.
Looks good. They look really good.
The fritters, not cars.
. . . on her birthday and she didn't suspect anything?
"I have a cunning plan."
sewage for dinner?
don't click on this pagpag link
Bulimia nervosa
Snake-sly commuters
loth to inveigh Shangri-LA
reap easy Money

(or: architecture and urban planning that made L.A. a driver's paradise/hell, facilitated bank robbing. Cool, esoteric article.)
You think that disgusts?
Chinese gutter oil. Now that
makes your stomach weak.
the invisible world
encapsulated, a la mode
like true satori
Jeff Bridges's The Dude.
Halloween omnibuses;
flaunt. Silence, once more.
I was going to inquire about your 12-15 year old pictures of a strutting bird, but there are more serious matters. Isolated? Spare cell coverage? Atmospheric hotels? You know that's how horror movies start, right? "Should have bought the place"?! You're lucky you didn't meet the merman at the end of that pier.
(Aside, I'm going dressed up as part of a horror movie marathon for Halloween. You?)

Hummingbirds retire
Mistral winds usher goosebumps
Abandoned birds' nests
How was Florida? And the bird watching? I saw a hummingbird a few days ago; I thought they'd all migrated by now.
Banksy in trouble?

Met: Hanksy.
Stop gaslighting me! (If you haven't already, you'll really enjoy Amelie).

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.
Illinoise, pun intended.

... because the last part in Illinois is silent; no pun intended.

. . . because "There are times when silence has the loudest voice" - Leroy Brownlow.

. . . Meaning I'll shut up now.

Which state is the loudest?
What word in the English language is always spelled wrong?
Bring my my bow of burning gold.

Texts from William Blake
Sundays from the old sod.
Okay. One of us is going to get a Nobel prize! The other is doomed!

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uhhh... relevant?
Thursday Tunes: In Memoriam N.M. & a W.G.
Of course I knew that!

However, to be honest, until a minute ago, I thought it was a TV spin-off of the movie. (In my defense, I've never seen either--although I do know that Ron Glass was in Barney Miller)

Marilu Henner: I actually know who that is.

For the longest time, I've wanted her . . . superior autobiographical memory.
Fun. Not tv shows, but close enough: A Wacka for a Wacko

Taxi looks fun. Is it in any way related to Taxi Driver?
Just watched the first Árstíðir performance you sent.

I hope it's not a Nicki Minaj cover in Icelandic.
Musical Mondays: Medieval Hymn Edition.
Looking forward to trying it!
Ten-Four. :)
You may have it on the morrow.

I just need it a while longer.
no, no, its too early for all that. I've had a real busy stretch, but I am looking foreward to playing. I'm still hopeful. Onwards!
Thanks, Munn. I'll check it out before my next trip there. And isn't the new set of "Pogo" reprints just gorgeous?

You win. I've been obsessing over the word "quibble" for hours.
Olivier Messiaen? It's all French to me.

But seriously, Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus is modern?
What'd you think of EMI?
Ben who?
re: Bach & Thille (3 Sept. 2013)

EMI is even closer.
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.

Thanks for the link> I can never find those doodles (As you see
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!
Weird, jerky movements? A woman laughing? Close enough. And here's the hero who inspired me to take up dancing again.
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.
I especially liked the picture of the old 2 lane road down the middle of the city. What a great concept.
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.
Coen Bros' Mumford & Sons movie.
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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