Mad For Books

My Own Private Library:

I wonder whether I am afflicted with something more than a “gentle madness,” as Nicholas A. Basbanes described it in his 1999 book on the history of book collecting. You see, I spend more on books than I do on food.

An enjoyable essay about the love of books.

I recommend A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books by Basbanes; it’s a comprehensive book about book collecting and the often odd characters that fall for this “mad” hobby. It’s a heavy book, though; take it slowly.

Books Someone Read Since 1974

books readWhat I Have Read Since 1974:

My mother started keeping the list when I started the first grade. My school asked parents to keep track of what books we read as part of its reading program. She kept the list until 1977 and I’ve kept the list since I was in the fifth grade.

I’d like to start this for my three year old daughter, but what database format will be still in use in 30 years? Yeah, I think I’ll stick to text files.

Jim, The Songwriter

Free Speech caution signJim’s Big Ego isn’t the Jim we all know and love, although I DID have to verify that.

Jim’s Big Ego is an inventive trio from the hub of Boston based around the genius of songwriter, poet and WI-FI cafe lurker Jim Infantino. The band creates a sound that can best be described as “UnPop” – not your ordinary top 40 stuff, but infectious, intelligent pop songs that alternate between unabashedly hilarious and unpretentiously moving.

They’re great songwriters with a political, but funny stance.

Their In case it’s still not clear where we stand… article showcases their song WTFMFWTFAYT:

…it contains FREE SPEECH and DIRTY WORDS – BE WARNED – if you are offended by these things or are too young – DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS SONG. All the rest of yall – have fun with it. I was heartfelt and cathartic and I like the result.

Cautionary Tale is another great song but this one is showcased as a “phototrope” project.