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Book Hunt Results and Some Thoughts

30 Aug
Book Hunt Results and Some Thoughts

Thank goodness for my local library. When the Old Book Junkie needs a fix, he knows where he can go. It paid off nicely this past Saturday.

I found something I’ve been looking for for quite a while; a volume of the collected stories of Edgar Allan Poe. “Edgar Allan Poe Stories: Twenty-seven Thrilling Tales by the Master of Suspense” (Platt & Munk, 1961) has what most Poe fans would expect like The Telltale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Murders in the Rue Morgue. But it also has a story called Metzengerstein, about the transmigration of souls (brownie points for those who know the difference between transmigration and reincarnation!) The volume ends with a nice selection of his poetry.

I also snagged a copy of “Tozer on the Holy Spirit” (Christian Publications, Inc., 2000). It’s “a 366-Day Devotional” which includes a daily scripture reading, extended passages from A.W. Tozer‘s best books as well as quotes from other authors. This will be a welcome addition to my mornings!

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One of my favorite Sunday activities is going over the book reviews in the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal. This weekend, however, reminded me of why I prefer older books.

Some of the books reviewed included books about small behaviors such as yawning and sneezing, books about natural versus technological navigation and books about the future of cities. Now I’m sure these are all fine books, but there wasn’t a big idea to be found anywhere. Our culture seems to become more self-absorbed with each passing year. We’re fascinated with our smallest of behaviors, with how we do this or do that, how we created our technological wonders, where we live and how we’ll live in that great promised-land called the “Future.”

It all seems a bit superficial to me somehow. Maybe it was just a slow publishing week.

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It wasn’t a totally negative WSJ Weekend, however. There was a great piece in the Off Duty section of the paper called “E-Books, A Breakup” by Joshua Fruhlinger. Well written and funny, Joshua cuts to the heart of the matter with one succinct sentence: “I realized then: E-readers are needy, but a paperback will always be there for you.”

Right on, Joshua!

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A while back I wrote about my experience writing the foreword to “The Core of Johnny Appleseed”. For those of you interested, here’s a link to the book as it appears in the Christian Bookstore. Go check it out!

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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Authors, Book Hunting, E-Readers, Ideas, Old Books

 

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4 responses to “Book Hunt Results and Some Thoughts

  1. The Jayman

    August 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Bibliophiles…what a pain in the eyes

     
    • Rob

      August 31, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Jayman! But remember, I’ll never go over to the Dark Side!

       
  2. susies92656

    August 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I agree with you, Rob, regarding “yawning and sneezing” – we are becoming a society of naval contemplaters, spending way too much time focusing on ourselves. All is not lost, however; the world outside awaits. We just need to remember to turn off the media machine from time to time in order to seek new experiences. – Susie

     
  3. Rob

    August 31, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Susie . . . say! That name sounds familiar! Hmmm. You’re absolutely right, you know. We all need to turn off the machine sometimes. Especially me! No Burn Notice for me tonight!

     

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