Sea of Reads

Peripatetic, itinerant, eclectic musings about books, politics, history, language, culture, and anything else that interests me.

Back in the Day

Boing Boing remembers when all books were hardcover: How to open a book for the first time, which was a big deal when books were all hardcover. — … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

We Heart Our Libraries

“We” meaning Americans: How much do Americans love libraries? So much that even people who don’t use them say they cherish them. … According to the report, 30 percent of … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

No, Thanks

Like many if not most bookaholics, I live with the constant anxiety of knowing I will never, no matter to what ripe old age I survive, be able to read … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

No Cure for Psychopathy

Dick Cheney’s memoir has been out for two and a half years. I haven’t read it, and don’t intend to. I limit my intake of psychopathy to Criminal Minds. That … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Old Posts About Old Books

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is on my to read list. I’m not sure I ever read it before. Also, Call It Sleep, which is in the same category of books … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 1 Comment


From The Millions, by Sam Allingham, on the revamped Librivox, and the joys of reading aloud: Essays On Reading Aloud By Sam Allingham posted at 12:00 pm on March 4, … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Swann’s Way

I am about three-quarters of the way through Swann’s Way, the first volume of Proust’s massive À La Recherche du Temps Perdu, or In Search of Lost Time. This is … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

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