Tuesday, December 8, 2009

quotes about inspirational (page 1 of 130)

quotes about inspirational (page 1 of 130): "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.'
— Martin Luther King Jr."

Nice site, discusses books and has good lit related quotes.

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley : chapter one

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley : chapter one:

e-books be damned, there's literature out there for free on the net, you just gotta poke around!

Aldous Huxley

Chapter One

A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.

The enormous room on the ground floor faced towards the north. Cold for all the summer beyond the panes, for all the tropical heat of the room itself, a harsh thin light glared through the windows, hungrily seeking some draped lay figure, some pallid shape of academic goose-flesh, but finding only the glass and nickel and bleakly shining porcelain of a laboratory. Wintriness responded to wintriness. The overalls of the workers were white, their hands gloved with a pale corpse-coloured rubber. The light was frozen, dead, a ghost. Only from the yellow barrels of the microscopes did it borrow a certain rich and living substance, lying along the polished tubes like butter, streak after luscious streak in long recession down the work tables."

"And this," said the Director opening the door, "is the Fertilizing Room." "

The Modern Library | 100 Best | Novels

The Modern Library | 100 Best | Novels

I remember when this list came out, nearly 10 years ago now. I read very little of the Board's list and quite a few of the Reader's List. That fact remains true a decade in books later.

Free Classic AudioBooks. Digital narration for the 21st Century

Free Classic AudioBooks. Digital narration for the 21st Century: "More audiobooks on Page 2 and Page 3

The King James Bible

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll"

Now here's a great idea. Free public domain stories to listen to on your ipod or computer. This is going to be fun to play with.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Alice's Restaurant Cookbook by Alice May Brock

Alice's Restaurant Cookbook by Alice May Brock 1969

First Edition Hardcover published by Random House.148 pages

Good Condition with shelfwear on the edges. Dust Jacket is in Fair condition. Includes paper record introduction by Arlo (remember Arlo?), still attached. Inscribed and bookplate by previous owner.

"You've heard the song, seen the movie - now eat her words!" - from the front jacket.

Alice's Restaurant Cookbook is a classic flashback to days when the music was good, the food was free to be itself, and cooking was not a celebrity event. Alice provides great cooking and life advice as well as humor and insight, as well as drawings and a bunch of old photos. This book is a treasure to read and own , even if you don't cook.

This book is from our private collection and not for sale. Copies are available out there at $35 and up.

Table of Contents:
1. You Can Get Anything you want... Etc.
2. In The Kitchen
3. You're the Cook
4. Equipment
5. Improvising and Making Do
6. What are You Going to Serve, Anyhow?
7. Impromptu vs. Planned Cooking
8. The Supply Cupboard
9. Herbs, Spices, And Seasonings
10. Foreign Cookery
11. About the Butcher
12. If You Worry About Your Weight
13. Convenience Foods
14. Comfort Foods
15. Wines and Liquors
16. What's Cooking
17. Garnishes and ecorations
18. Buffets: The Stand-up Dinner
19. How Much for How Many

Followed by 100 pages of Recipes

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemmingway 1979

Unstated Edition, PresumablyFirst, Unstated Date but appears to be 1979. Published by Franklin Library Copyrighted 1979 Franklin Mint

This beautiful edition of the masterful semi-autobiographical novel of WWI by Hemingway just begs to be read. This book is cloth bound with blind tooled leather spine and is adorned with gold lettering on the spine, gold dentelle on the spine, front, and back cover, and gold gilding on the head, foot, and fore-edges. It also features a silk ribbon bookmark, marbled endpapers, and stunning black and white ink wash illustrations by Bernard Fuchs.

The book is inscribed by previous owner, and appears to say "James: Enjoyed Love Mary" The book has definately been read at least once or twice, but is in Very Good condition. The corners are bumped and one corner has worn through the cloth, the edges have some very slight scuffing, but otherwise this book is in wonderful condition.

This book is for sale ($15), but not currently listed on any site (11/2009). We can create a private ebay listing for any interested parties. This book has potential to be included in our personal library and may be taken off market at any time.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Lone Ranger Traps The Smugglers by Fran Striker

The Lone Ranger Traps The Smugglers by Fran Striker 1941

Unstated Edition, Presumably First Edition Hardcover published by Grosset & Dunlap, 214 pages

Good condition showing edge-wear on the corners, slight soiling to its brown cover (missing original dust jacket), back end papers showing slight discoloration, I assume from the acid in the glue. The book shows a little bit of aging on the foot, head, and fore edges. Pages 82 to 87 have some soiling and damage from what looks to be a hand rolled cigarette being hurriedly crushed out between the pages. (The cigarette is no longer present, but the image of the teen boy trying not to get caught smoking in his bedroom is pretty vivid!)

While these old Lone Ranger pulps are not incredibly hard to find these days, it does provide a collector with a satisfying nostalgia to have one in your hand.

Here is a list of original Lone Ranger novels (from wikipedia):
The Lone Ranger (1936)
The Lone Ranger and the Mystery Ranch (1938)
The Lone Ranger and the Gold Robbery (1939)
The Lone Ranger and the Outlaw Stronghold (1939)
The Lone Ranger and Tonto (1940)
The Lone Ranger at the Haunted Gulch (1941)
The Lone Ranger Traps the Smugglers (1941)
The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1943)
The Lone Ranger Rides North (1943)
The Lone Ranger and the Silver Bullet (1948)
The Lone Ranger on Powderhorn Trail (1949)
The Lone Ranger in Wild Horse Canyon (1950)
The Lone Ranger West of Maverick Pass (1951)
The Lone Ranger on Gunsight Mesa (1952)
The Lone Ranger and the Bitter Spring Feud (1953)
The Lone Ranger and the Code of the West (1954)
The Lone Ranger and Trouble on the Santa Fe (1955)
The Lone Ranger on Red Butte Trail (1956)

This book is for sale ($10), but not currently listed on any site (11/2009). We can create a private ebay listing for any interested parties.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson

Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks, And Covens by Paul Huson 1970

First Edition Hardcover published by Putnam. 254 pages

Very Good condition w/ minor imperfections (red ink spot on inside front cover, small stain on pgs 31 and 35) Slight edge wear, but corners are still sharp. No Dust Jacket, front cover is embossed with a witches wheel of the year. A very nice edition of this book.

So I saw this book on ebay today with 2 sales above $150, so I felt I should pull the book off the shelf and give it a look. This book is not currently for sale, but from our private library. (of course nearly anything has its price!)

Paul Huson is an English born author who has written many books on the Occult, Magick, Tarot, and Paganism. This, his first book, is still in print today. The appeal, I think, is the quality of the 1970 edition. As I stated earlier, The all black hardcover is embossed on the front with a Witches Wheel of the Year, and also features the Title and Author printed in red on the spine.

There are many illustrations in the book, some hand drawn, giving it a "book of shadows" feel without playing up its kitsch.

Table of Contents:
1 First Steps
2 Preliminary Preparations
3 Divination
4 Spells for Lovers
5 Countermagic and Protection
6 Vengeance and Attack
7 The Coven and How To Form One
Appendix 1 The Planetary Hours
Appendix 2 Glossary of Witch Words and Terms

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

define enviropunk

fiction - pulp, noir, fantasy or sci fi style
in post industrial society, alt universe, or alt history
featuring change or difference in social order, customs, and/or mores where environmental issues, topics, and solutions are central
often, but not always featuring Utopian/ Dystopian settings
enviro punk or enviropunk claimed 10/28/09