Monthly Archives: January 2016

Mayhem and Malcontents

In the book business, galleys are advanced copies of books in near final form distributed to booksellers to drum up advance buzz. Rita, the proprietor of Booktowne, periodically invites me to take home a galley or two to read and … Continue reading

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Taking Your Breath Away

Most of the books that I read don’t come my way because of recommendations from others or through online search.  They come via browsing Barnes & Noble or Booktowne, when a promising looking book (or two or three or more) … Continue reading

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Parallel Universes

In my professional blog, I wrote yesterday about the political obstacles and resistance that Einstein overcame to advance his various theories.  This epoch is captured in part by a play entitled Transcendence.  After sleeping on the term last night, I … Continue reading

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Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

Broken heart syndrome.  Nice article on it in today’s Wall Street Journal.  So how does one try to prevent the condition?  Eliminate stress (ha!). What differentiates Takostsubo from a “real” heart attack is of course the absence of blocked coronary … Continue reading

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The Book of Symbols

Subtitled “Reflections on Archetypal Images”, this book has been begging me to take it off the shelves of Barnes & Noble for the past five years.  I finally succumbed this morning, thumbing through it over a cup of decaf in … Continue reading

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The Zimmers

Hard to believe I just discovered The Zimmers, thanks to Linda Wagner of the Facebook bunch, Growing Up in Logan/Olney Neighborhoods of the ‘50s and ‘60s Philadelphia.  Where have I been? And on the high improbability that you’re not familiar … Continue reading

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A.C. Grayling and The Conversation

Anthony Clifford Grayling first crossed my radar screen on an international flight back from I’m not sure where, when I found some of his writings on the table of what I seem to recall was a Virgin Atlantic bookshop. There … Continue reading

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