Last year at some point I posted a boatload of individual shots from this great survey of Miami Beach’s historic architecture. However, now that the Library of Congress has redesigned its digital archives, it’s easier to share the link that will let people simply browse. Some really delightful images. Sample below.
I’ve been reading Anna Karenina for a week but it feels like it has been a month. It is a very long book that I have decided to challenge myself with. I’m only 25% through it. I could have done without the description of the horse and the race, however, I have a feeling that whole bit of the story is going to be symbolic to the outcome of a certain couple of people. And the descriptions of farming! It’s so descriptive. I’m enjoying the story so far though, no matter how much it makes me want to punch them all in the face. All of them. In the face.
It looks like no-one at Amazon has noticed and taken their American Gods Kindle Special down yet. It’s http://say.ly/Qrj1i92 and was only meant to have been a 24 hour special, so may not last for very long.
“Falling in love, we said; I fell for him. We were falling women. We believed in it, this downward motion: so lovely, like flying, and yet at the same time so dire, so extreme, so unlikely. God is love, they once said, but we reversed that, and love, like heaven, was always just around the corner. The more difficult it was to love the particular man beside us, the more we believed in Love, abstract and total. We were waiting, always, for the incarnation. That word, made flesh.”—Margaret Atwood | The Handmaid’s Tale (via blogut)
“Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy (sic).”—
Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Joshua Speed, 1855
Watching Republicans parse who deserves rights and freedoms always makes me think of this quote … from the man who would be the first Republican president.
I have been trying to find a book club for quite some time that would suit me. Most of the ones I have looked into or briefly been a part of haven’t included much variety in their selections. It seems to me that many book clubs focus on chick lit far more than any other genre. I am not knocking chick lit, I am ok with reading books outside my main interest. I just don’t want it to be all the books I read.
In comes Goodreads and the user group Reading with Style. It’s like a game. A GAME OF BOOKS! There are task set for points. The group does the challenge seasonally, so you have three months to read up and tally up points on however many books you want to read during that time frame.
What I think is interesting (translate as OMG this is going to be so much fun) is that in the process of finding books that fit the different task and styles (the styles are the bonus points) you are being exposed to different genres and types of books. You can strategize to read books that will earn you more points. I cannot thank the organizers of this group enough for making a “book club” just for me that is crazy organized and competitive.