Posts Tagged ‘reading

Boy’s Own List

Charles of CB Editions finds a list of books read by his boyhood self:

It’s a boy’s list. It’s the list of a middle-class-early 60s-white-boy-who’s-had-a-keen-English-teacher… I can see the covers of many of these books (Pan Books, 2/6) and the print on the page, I can almost touch and smell them…

[Sonofabook: Culture shock]

My own list, did I but know where it was (my assuredly very similar 12-year-old self certainly did make such a list) might have been a little lighter on the Alistair Maclean/Hammond Innes axis (though I was a big Desmond Bagley fan), and would definitely have included several volumes from Willard Price’s ‘Adventure’ series, and most of Gerald Durrell’s books, but otherwise, yes, this ticks boxes.


Written by Dave Lovely

March 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm

A Roman magpie

Nox Philologiae  

Gellius’s only work, the twenty-volume Noctes Atticae, is an exploding, sometimes seemingly random text-cum-diary in which Gellius jotted down everything of interest he heard in conversation or read in contemporary books….Gunderson tackles Gellius with exuberance, placing him in the larger culture of antiquarian literature. Purposely echoing Gellius’s own swooping word-play and digressions, he explores the techniques by which knowledge was produced and consumed in Gellius’s day, as well as in our own time. The resulting book is as much pure creative fun as it is a major work of scholarship informed by the theories of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Derrida.

One can only imagine what Gellius would have made of Twitter, Tumblr, and the rest. What’s the Latin for “I’m so reblogging this” ?

Nox Philologiae – Aulus Gellius and the Fantasy of the Roman Library, by Erik Gunderson

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Written by Dave Lovely

February 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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  • My preferred interior decorating style is what I would style early American monastic, but the sheer volume of books that I keep around, along with my own ineptitude with spatial organization, prevent me from achieving the kind of sparseness that I like. I’m not sure I would quite substitute “early English monastic” here (too chilly, not to mention the lice) but I can certainly empathize with this. [Jerry Harp, at the KRBlog]
  • Harp refers, although strangely does not link, to a really excellent article by Anthony Grafton in the current New Yorker – Future Reading: Digitization and its discontents – which anyone interested in the future of books, libraries, and reading would do well to read.
  • wmmna visits the new Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam. Looks good – love those study carrelsand [via the Book Patrol] the librarians are kitted out in some pretty natty threads:

Written by Dave Lovely

November 3, 2007 at 4:25 pm

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