I picked up a new book from World Eye Books in Greenfield a few weeks ago, after lamenting how I did n’t read enough books and was spending way too much time ‘Doomscrolling,” as descibed in this dreary article in Wired magazine. So don’t want that. So I picked out The Book of Eels by […]
Winston Churchill has always been a person who I hold in the highest esteem. Just listening to him speaking to the people of England during the serious times during World War II, hearing how he phrased his remarkable pleas for calm and to do what’s right. He’s the best. I think he is the best […]
One of the unexpected joys of the 2020 quarantine is the chance — no, the obligation–to keep in touch with people via these fun Zoom conference calls, or just on the phone.
A Man Who Shared His Thoughts and Told People What He Thought of Them Notebooks of my father. I have a bag of notebooks, journals by my father Nathaniel Hartshorne, that I’ve pored over and I hope to write about. This bag of notebooks, the collected journals of my father Nathaniel Hartshorne, means so much […]
In The Stranger In the Woods, Michael Finkel meets and explains the story of Christopher Knight, who lived 27 years alone in the woods.
I boarded a bus early this morning after a reviving pep talk from CBS sports guy James JB Brown, quarterback Dan Marino and Pepper Schwartz. The three stood before 700 or so volunteers at the Life@50+ National Event in Atlanta to encourage them on as they undertook many different projects for the morning. I was […]
Ebooks, schmee books. That’s what Benedict Taschen, a Cologne Germany publisher must be thinking. Thinking Big. The latest publishing endeavor for Taschen’s company involves a gigantic tw0-volume behemoth series that will chronicle a Big Adventure into the wilds of the world. Sebastiao Salgado is a Brazilian photojournalist who for the past eight years has traveled […]
One of the biggest challenges of moving is what to do with all of your books. It’s just not always possible to box up and bring every single old textbook or novel you’ve got on your shelves, and for this reason, I’d heartily endorse taking a visit to see Susan Shilliday, proprietor of the Montague […]
There are some key ingredients that make a great town or city. Right up there on the list is having a top-notch bookstore. Village Books, in Bellingham’s Fairhaven neighborhood, is an institution that’s made this enclave of century-old brick buildings a better place since 1980. Many of the store’s employees have ten or fifteen years […]
It’s that funny week between the holidays when nothing gets done except more eating, drinking and lazing around. It’s also a time that I often get wracked with guilt, as if I should be working harder and beat myself up for not really trying. But social engagements trump any obligations, plus, who is going to […]
Last night we heard my old friend Peter Heller read from his new novel, The Dog Stars at the Odyssey Bookshop. There was a good turnout and we learned from Joan Grenier the owner that she had ordered 300 copies of the book. Her bookstore has a first edition club and more than 250 of […]
Random bits from what’s going on in my universe include a book called Íf You Can’t Make It Here, GET OUT, a tough love guide to New York City Living. This book will be excerpted on GoNOMAD. I was quite cheered when I heard that our Italy ebook is selling at about 9 every day. […]