Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Abebooks states in its welcome message that it is: "the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books" and it is of course also possible to buy current bestsellers here as well.
We can confirm that Abebooks is a great source for finding books which are hard to find anywhere else and we have indeed purchased numerous books through this excellent site. We have never had any problems with payment or delivery, although one must be sure to read the booksellers conditions, etc., which differ from bookseller to bookseller. The books are offered by booksellers throughout the world at four Abebooks sites:
If you have books to sell this is also possible at the Abebooks Community.
BookWeb.org is the website of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), independently owned bookstores. The ABA also sponsors BookSense, which serves as the e-commerce arm of the ABA, selling books online and issuing bestseller lists. BookSense also has a store locater by zip code, name, city, and description.
Saturday, November 22, 2003
In the blawg (law blog) of Scheherazade,
Stay of Execution, there is a posting entitled "I Wonder If I Can Do A Law School Version?" which relates to a book by Rachel Greenwald entitled "Find a Husband After 35 Using What I Learned at Harvard Business School", which is reviewed in the New Yorker by Rebecca Mead in the article "Love for Sale: An M.B.A. brings marketing methods to the mating game"
and is blogged by The Minor Fall, The Major Lift who isolated "five essential steps necessary to trapping a man for life".
Listen, I am male, will be 57 in week and a half and am happily trapped, thank you, but this book may be an eye-opener to those still looking or wanting to be looked for.
As you can tell from the many comments to the blog posting about this book, sex sells, and as is usually and always surprisingly the case, women are more open about some things than men, at least in print.
Friday, November 21, 2003
I had an online inquiry about an author I did not know - Charles Olson.
The question related to Olson's poem "The Kingfishers" and his reference to Stonehenge (?) - is Stonehenge anywhere specifically mentioned - and
"But the E
cut so rudely on that oldest stone
was differently heard"
I know nothing of this and would be interested in any information anyone can provide about that part of the poem.
Monday, November 17, 2003
The Cozy Blogosphere
Jennifer Howard has a wonderful November 16, 2003, posting at the Washington Post Book World entitled It's a Little Too Cozy in the Blogosphere.
The tenor of the article is that the blogosphere is getting to be "too established" for its own good, contrary to the very precepts by which it was founded. Nevertheless, Howard has a vigorous commentrary on some excellent blogs, particularly in the literary arena.
Her literary selections are
Maud Newton motto: "Occasional literary links, amusements,
politics, and rants"
Old Hag Motto: "MENACING MAINSTREAM MEDIA"
The Minor Fall, The Major Lift motto: "DON'T LET THE SUNSHINE FOOL YOU"
There are also references to the following literary-related blogs:
Cup of Chicha
About Last Night at ArtsJournal.com from Terry Teachout writing about the arts in New York
Identity Theory motto: ("a literary website, sort of")
We by no means endorse all of these blogs, but they are all good and it just depends on what you, the reader, want to read.
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Via Professor Bainbridge and VodkaPundit,
Which Author's Fiction are You?
Your quiz answers match you with an author.
Here are is my own result:
Anne Rice is writing your life. Go you goth girl,
Which Author's Fiction are You?
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Monday, November 10, 2003
Adam Curry has started a book blog at
The Book Blog : Adam Curry's Weblog
The blog may be good but - what a shame - I will not be reading it because of the white text on black background which I find harmful to my eyes - sort of like having to squint at microfilm. If white on black were good we would have books like this - which, thankfully, we do not.
With apologies to the site designer, but that is my honest opinion.
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
The View from the Foothills has the Motto: " This and that, now and then. Mostly book reviews, with the occasional excursion into whimsy."
The fare on this blog ranges from "The Butler Did It" to Pippi Longstocking and Astrid Lindgren and to The Iliad, by ancient Homer of the Greeks, all in the space of two days of posting.
This blog is a book lovers dream.
Read Will Duquette, the maker of this blog,
and his August 29, 2003, posting on
"Looking for Lit in All the Wrong Places"
Then you will surely come back to this blog again.
Sunday, November 02, 2003
Charles A. Ridgway has an absolutely excellent book review blog that he calls The Book Report.
The reviews in The Book Report are short and to point and easy to read.
Since some of the books that he has reviewed in his archives (the link for his archives is in the upper right hand corner of his blog page) run closely along my own starry astronomical interests, I will be viewing this weblog periodically.
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