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Archive for December 2006

The fastest draw on Longside Street

Written by Dave Lovely

December 24, 2006 at 9:05 pm

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Too Many Books, Too Little Time

As an alternative to DailyLit, you could get yourself one of these.

I’ve come across this crazy 16th century gizmo before, but this post at [The Millions (A Blog About Books)] reminded me of it.

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Written by Dave Lovely

December 18, 2006 at 10:20 pm

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Erratum

Found this on the floor in the bookshop the other night – I wonder what book it had fallen out of?

ERRATUM

On page 168 (index) under “E”, (after eggs, bacon and) insert:

Einstein, Albert, Relativity, General Theory of,

temporal implications of (terrestrial),

Dr. Clock’s view of, pages 160-163 (see also cover)

Further proof, I suppose, that breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day.

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Written by Dave Lovely

December 18, 2006 at 6:43 pm

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Nightfishing

Far out faintly calls
The continual sea.

Now within the dead
Of night and the dead
Of all my life I go.
I’m one ahead of them
Turned in below.
I’m borne, in their eyes,
Through the staring world.

The present opens its arms.

                      W. S Graham, from The Nightfishing.

One week down, one to go. To be going on with, some links:

Seems like the antidote to the Georgia map story (and possibly even a map with all the 488 places still on it, and then some) could be found here, a resource for old maps of the the American South. Via Hillbilly Savants.

If I had an account at Twitter, you could find out what I’m feeling, right now.

Too busy to read? DailyLit will send you daily instalments of a book by e-mail. Plenty of scope for synchronicity here, I feel, in the manner of the story recounted by Guy Davenport of the American photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard’s habit of reading aloud to his family at the breakfast-table. He was reading Tacitus, and got to the account of the asssassination of Julius Caesar on November 22nd, 1963.

A list of the top 20 blogs about classical music.

That’s it. To bed.

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Written by Dave Lovely

December 17, 2006 at 10:05 pm

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Night Watch

I am about to start two weeks of working nights at the book emporium – not that even today’s frenzied retail environment has compelled us to stay open overnight, but merely to repair the depredations of Yule-crazed customers.

Consequently, posts here, apart from maybe once or twice a week, are likely to be brief and perfunctory. So no change there, then.

Anyhow, before I start, the news, (via the excellent LibraryThing’s UnSuggester, that the anti-book to George Perec’s A Void is, well, practically anything by Robert Jordan. I suspect however that I might well enjoy David McCulloch’s 1776, which was 6th on the list.

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Written by Dave Lovely

December 12, 2006 at 7:32 pm

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I left my home in Georgia…

…and when I got back, it weren’t there anymore.

Georgia erases 488 places off the map.

Poetry Tulip, Due West and Po Biddy Crossroads. Cloudland and Roosterville. Dewy Rose, Hemp, Experiment, Retreat, Wooster, Sharp Top and Chattoogaville… Gone, all gone…

Jonathan Williams would have a thing or two to say about this, I imagine.

(Links to The Jargon Society, said Mr. Williams’s estimable publishing enterprise, and to a review of Jubilant Thicket, said Mr. Williams’s estimable collected poems).

ADDENDUM:

Should the state of Kentucky ever adopt the principles followed by the state of Georgia, you could bid farewell, for example, to most of the places alluded to in Jonathan Williams’ poem “The Map of Kentucky and Its Litany of Glorification”, which begins:

Slap Out
Hi Hat
Pulltite
Sugartit

passing through

Poverty
Hoodoo
Tyewhoppetty
Monkeys Eyebrow

and other such one-horse burgs and halting-places, on the way to

Awe
Stop

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Written by Dave Lovely

December 10, 2006 at 5:54 pm

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Cowpants

No, not an assessment of my recent (lack of) blogging activity, but an actual pair of quite superb cowpants from a 1937 issue of Popular Science.

From Modern Mechanix, via regine.

The cattle trousers are used to collect specimens of ticks and other insects. These are sent to laboratories where extensive research is being made into the best methods for combating the unsanitary and annoying insect pests.

image from Popular Science magazine, 1937, of  a cow in pants

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Written by Dave Lovely

December 5, 2006 at 4:09 pm

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