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  •  Commonplace Books (3+ / 0-)
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    cfk, Brecht, RunawayRose

    A century or two ago, people used to keep commonplace books where they would include quotes from their favorite books, their own and friends' writings, anything they wanted to keep and reread.

    I keep an electronic commonplace book.  When I read a book, if I find a passage I like, I mark it with a pencil and flag the page with a little piece of paper.  When I'm finished with the book, I copy all the quotes, sometimes with my own thoughts, onto my computer.  It gives me an archive I can go back to time and again, as I have often done with the biographies of Ben Franklin I've read (very useful in political discussions).

    Sometimes, I shape these collections of quotes into a review and send them out to friends or publish them here.  It's a practice that expands my memory and learning and makes me a better reader.

    Now reading, State of Jones about Jones County, Mississippi which seceded from the Confederacy during the Civil War.  So far, it's really good and I look forward to the complexities of American racial discussion which, I hope, will include the Choctaw as well as the old Black and White.

    Also reading The Word Exchange:  Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation, a bilingual edition with the original language on one side and the English translation on the other.  I try to read one poem a day three times, first in Anglo-Saxon, then in English, then line by line.  Still love "The Wanderer" after all these years and all those gnomic  riddles.

    Also doing one page a day from Cold Mountain, translated by Red Pine, again in a bilingual edition, puzzling through the Chinese characters first, then the translation, then line by line comparison, and a little Chinese character study afterwards (I'm filling in a cheat sheet for my own 5000 character dictionary which should take another five or six months at 15 characters a day).

    Just finished Tibor Déry's Niki:  The Story of a Dog, a Hungarian short novel about a little terrier who adopts a middle-aged couple.  Wonderfully observed dog and a story that speaks directly to the Communist repression in Hungary in the early 1950s, comparing the incomprehensible thoughts of a dog with the incomprehensible workings of a malevolent bureaucracy.

    Should copy my notes from Appetite for Change, a book on how the counterculture changed American food culture.   Very good over-view though the author doesn't mention the microwave and will be speaking at a conference near me this winter.  Bought it ten years ago and finally hauled it out of the book closet, where I keep all those books I haven't read yet, a place I've been visiting more regularly than the library these days.

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

    by gmoke on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 10:14:49 PM PDT

    •  A very interesting list! (3+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, RunawayRose, gmoke

      This sounds good...

      Should copy my notes from Appetite for Change, a book on how the counterculture changed American food culture.

      Are we thinking brown rice and more veggies or using a wok to  steam things or?

      I remember when my children were little that co-ops were being tried and you could order huge blocks of cheese.

      Back then, our food budget was so tight, I couldn't take advantage of some bargains or we would have only been eating cheese for two weeks.  But the idea of people ordering together was a good one.

      I had never heard of Jones...very brave of them!!!

      Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

      by cfk on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 10:22:40 PM PDT

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