Sea of Reads

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

Appointment in Samarra

Julian English, who owns a car dealership in Gibbsville, Pennsylvania — apparently a thinly veiled replica of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, O’Hara’s home town — has everything: good looks, money, social standing, … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Books Are Still Best

Vindication: If you’re one of those Luddites who still clings, technophobically, to the printed page, then a team of European researchers has some good news for you: You have again … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

No More Until You Read What You Have

Do you have what it takes to read the books you already own before buying more?

August 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

How Not To Create Readers

Assigned summer reading wastes time and kills the enjoyment of reading.

August 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Great Book Escape

This article, about a massive, and largely successful, effort in Mali to save hundreds of thousands of priceless, irreplaceable manuscripts dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries from invading … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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