Archive for Books

A City in Winter, by Mark Helprin

I loved Mark Helprin’s novel Winter’s Tale when I read it circa 1990, so I was disappointed to later learn that he’s a conservative commentator. His 1996 short book A City in Winter has been sitting on my bookcase for a couple of decades now; part of my delay in reading it has been hesitancy […]

Russ reviews

My pick-a-random-unread-book system recently picked Joanna Russ’s reviews-and-essays collection The Country You Have Never Seen. I’m not normally a big reader of reviews—I don’t hate them, they’re just not something I tend to be super into. But in this case, I laughed out loud half a dozen times in the first couple dozen pages. Partly […]

Braudel’s _Structures of Everyday Life_

I’m continuing to read/skim Fernand Braudel’s 1980(ish) The Structures of Everyday Life: The Limits of the Possible (volume 1 of his three-volume work Civilization and Capitalism, 15th–18th Century). I continue to find it a mix of fascinating and annoying—there’s a wealth of information here about what Braudel calls “material life” around the world during that […]

Free books again

More books! Free to a good home. Let me know if you want any of these. Also some VHS tapes. (At the end of this post.) This list contains about 50 new items since the previous list I posted (in November). A total of about 260 items here (minus however many have been claimed since […]

Read-aloud recommendations?

Short version of this post: I’m looking for recommendations for books to read aloud that feature more character diversity and less wince-inducing prejudice than my longstanding favorite read-aloud books tend to have. (But I have more criteria than that; see below.) Longer version follows. I’m looking specifically for books that meet all of the following […]

Still more free books!

Books! Free to a good home. Let me know if you want any of these. Also some VHS tapes. (At the end of this post.) This list contains about 60 new items since the previous list I posted (in July). A total of about 230 items here (minus however many have been claimed since I […]

Free books again!

Books! Free to a good home. Let me know if you want any of these. Also some VHS tapes. (At the end of this post.) This list contains a bunch more items than the previous list I posted (back in November). About 375 items here (minus however many have been claimed since I posted this). […]

On first looking into Hofstadter’s _GEB_

I don’t remember when I first encountered Gödel, Escher, Bach. The book was published in 1979, but I don’t think I ran into it until about five years later. I suspect that my father had a copy, and that that was the one that I saw. But not sure of that, either. I know that […]