Category: Sustaining Books

'FEAR' and New Year's Eve: a poem

'FEAR' and New Year's Eve: a poem
Author’s note: What follows is a tribute to the work of my esteemed colleague and friend, Aquinas Wired, in the style of his outstanding blog, The Quark in the Road. Now it’s December thirty-first and politics seem at their worst. (Do not give yourself a rash, of course I’m aping Ogden Nash.) I’ve read all... Read more »

Life without the elevator, or 'The 39 Steps'

Life without the elevator, or 'The 39 Steps'
Do you ever think of a part of your life in terms of a title of a great book? This week — and perhaps next — I’ll be doing that. Going down stairs is now two words in my apartment, not the one word downstairs,  because the elevator is being repaired. I counted the stairs... Read more »

Google, could you do what Bartlett's did?

Google, could you do what Bartlett's did?
It’s been interesting to run across quotations from Winston Churchill’s speaking and writing when I’ve been browsing through Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. But I got thinking differently when I read a reference to Bartlett’s in Churchill’s book, “My Early Life” (Copyright 1930 by Charles Scribner’s Sons of New York, originally published by Butterworth of London). Churchill... Read more »
Advertisement:

'The Story of English' -- The Guid Scots Tongue

'The Story of English' -- The Guid Scots Tongue
Regular readers (who include some family members) will know immediately that this chapter, “The Guid Scots Tongue,” is one of my favorite reasons to keep the book “The Story of English” on my shelf. (Hmm. I have more than one bookshelf, of course, but even a big book like this one can go on only... Read more »

More from Audrey Hepburn on 'How to be Lovely'

More from Audrey Hepburn on 'How to be Lovely'
Here’s another selection of quotations and observations from Melissa Hellstern’s book “How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life.” (For two previous posts, catch up here and here.) A whole little section of the book is headed “Laugh Often.” With a pen (or PC) name like Margaret Serious, I don’t necessarily think of... Read more »

'How to be Lovely' -- Audrey Hepburn, 'My Fair Lady,' and life

'How to be Lovely' -- Audrey Hepburn, 'My Fair Lady,' and life
When I recently found Melissa Hellstern’s book “How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life,”  I recognized that it would have to include material about one of my favorite movies, “My Fair Lady.” And so it did, both in Hepburn’s own words about a famous scene and in one speech by her character, Eliza... Read more »
Advertisement:

'How to be Lovely -- The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life:' Some lovely thoughts

'How to be Lovely -- The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life:' Some lovely thoughts
I was browsing at a neighborhood coffee shop which has taken our local treat, “little library” boxes, indoors and turned it into a set of shelves to leave a book or take a book. When I saw a copy of “How to be Lovely — The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life” by Melissa Hellstern (Penguin... Read more »

'Miss Fisher Mysteries' are bonzer fun in any form

'Miss Fisher Mysteries' are bonzer fun in any form
A good friend recently introduced me to “Miss Fisher Mysteries,” both the books and the TV series. I needed the books for a while before I could follow the TV series properly, because they’re set in Melbourne, Australia, and its environs — and I have little chance to tune my ear for accents to Australian... Read more »

Thoughts after finishing 'Moby-Dick'

Thoughts after finishing 'Moby-Dick'
Whew. I’ve finished reading Herman Melville’s novel, “Moby-Dick,” and survived. It’s been only a few minutes as I start writing this. I’m exhilarated, and not just from being able to add it to my “Books Finished” list for this year. (It’s no. 14, by the way.) The whole book seemed to build up to the last... Read more »
Advertisement:

'Moby-Dick' - and why I took 'shore leave'

'Moby-Dick' - and why I took 'shore leave'
Have you ever had books come to your public library “on hold” that you’ve been waiting for? How about great books lent to you by a friend who’s eager for you to try them? Or how about just feeling like you’d like to finish a book for change, not be several hundred pages from each... Read more »