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Maximizing Gain from Book Weeding

Living on a tight budget really ratchets up a particular quality of mine, one that has to do with being obsessed with optimization. Example: I want to get rid of a bunch of books. Is it best to a) drop … Continue reading

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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Finally finished Michael Pollan’s The Defense of Food (and now well into The Age of Innocence, which I’m reading to keep my daughter company), and I have to say that I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoyed … Continue reading

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That's some very nice proscuitti!

Quickly now, so the finished book doesn’t languish in one of my slippery piles under my desk, a post about Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma. I have two words for you: READ IT. I am admittedly, the kind of person who … Continue reading

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So you want to be a community organizer…

I highly recommend Barack Obama’s autobiography, Dream from My Father. Damn, it’s good. I’ve never heard of somebody wanting to grow up and be a community organizer – I mean, what does a community organizer DO anyway? Apparently they really … Continue reading

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Thumb's Up

That new website,, I joined last month has turned out to be a winner. Well, in terms of getting books for free anyway. I’ve only diminished my own pile of books by three so far, but I’m hopeful more … Continue reading

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Paperback Swap

I’ve just joined yet another website. How many website and cyber handles can one person have? Wait, don’t answer that; I really don’t want to know. This one, though, promises to be useful. It is an online community of readers … Continue reading

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Back to Bittman

I got the last third of my birthday present from my brother last week, which was a copy of Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. I know I’ve raved about this book before, and that was a borrowed copy from … Continue reading

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Seven Days in the Art World

I seem to be stuck in a rut reading nonfiction these days, but I don’t mind so much when the nonfiction is practically as entertaining as fiction. (And that’s not hard when your fiction reading amounts to keeping up with … Continue reading

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Books Read in 2008

I have finally archived my Books Read List for 2008 and started a new one for 2009. Whew, that took a bit of html fiddling. Here it is – just to flash before your eyes before it gets stored. (It … Continue reading

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Nostalgia for my alma maters

Hmm, that may not seem correct, but a perfunctory google check says, yes indeed, that “alma maters” is the plural for “alma mater.” As I cleaned up my email inbox yesterday I finally watched a youtube video my brother, Songbae, … Continue reading

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