Sponsored Content

Intermarkets' Privacy Policy

Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!

Recent Entries
Absent Friends
GnuBreed 2024
Captain Hate 2023
moon_over_vermont 2023
westminsterdogshow 2023
Ann Wilson(Empire1) 2022
Dave In Texas 2022
Jesse in D.C. 2022
OregonMuse 2022
redc1c4 2021
Tami 2021
Chavez the Hugo 2020
Ibguy 2020
Rickl 2019
Joffen 2014
AoSHQ Writers Group
A site for members of the Horde to post their stories seeking beta readers, editing help, brainstorming, and story ideas. Also to share links to potential publishing outlets, writing help sites, and videos posting tips to get published. Contact OrangeEnt for info:
maildrop62 at proton dot me
Cutting The Cord And Email Security
Moron Meet-Ups

EMT 11/19/17 | Main | Weekend Gun Thread
November 19, 2017

Sunday Morning Book Thread: 11/19/2017


Stuttgart City Library

Last week I mentioned the feel and the weight and the effortless browsing capacity of a printed and bound dictionary being an integral part of the experience. And that prompted this week's question; What other reference books are best in the old-fashioned bound format, and which ones do you have floating around your desk or dining room table or bathroom or wherever you do your best work?

I have Bartlett's Familiar Quotations within arm's length, because it is tremendously useful not only as the obvious reference for who said what, but also as a glimpse into the time of the quotation in question. For instance, I recently looked up Franklin's famous but unfortunately apocryphal quotation about beer, and that led me to Samuel Johnson which led me to a great quotation from David Hume....

Avarice, the spur of industry.

And that led me to a few pages away, where John Adams makes a point that is lost on our foolish liberal friends...
Fear is the foundation of most governments.

[Why yes, I am using the word "quotation" correctly. It is a noun. The word "quote" is a verb. Harrumph!]

I have a few science books (Oooh...Molecular Biology! Yes, I am a geek), and my statistics textbook that is surprisingly useful in the oddest situations. I long ago forgot how to do statistical calculations much beyond the probability of dice rolls, but it is useful to have that nearby so I can refresh my memory.

I have misplaced my copy of The Elements Of Style, by Strunk And White, so I have no idea on which side of the Oxford Comma Wars they fight.

The internet is such a quick and often marvelous source that we sometimes forget that it isn't always accurate! Yes, I know...try to tell that to anyone younger than 40 and they will look at you as if you had three heads and were belching fire. So having a few time-honored reference books floating around isn't such a bad idea.


brain feeding.jpg


It is fast approaching that time of the year, when you weird Christian folk rush around, madly seeking just the perfect gift for 17 wildly different people, and we weird Jewish folk copy you and do pretty much the same thing, although on a smaller scale.

I love giving books for two reasons. The first and most obvious one is that they are really easy to wrap. The second is that even if the recipient isn't immediately thrilled beyond measure that you got him The Faerie Queene in the original typeface, it might just grow on him, because books have a way of doing just that.

Here's my incomplete list of books that I have given more than once, although as far as I can remember, never to the same person. I'm sure I have mentioned all of them on the blog or the comments, so they may be familiar.

Snow In August is Pete Hammill's best work. Push past the fact that he is an unrepentant liberal and rejoice in his marvelous writing and beautiful and touching storytelling.

The Storm Of War is, in my humble and amateurish opinion, the best history of World War II. Well-written, meticulously researched, and with enough detail to please even the most knowledgeable of us.

City Of Thieves A perfect short novel that is almost fantasy, but not quite.

Balthazar Cookbook Yeah, I had to throw in a cookbook. It's filled with classic recipes that are obviously reduced from the restaurant's kitchen reference, but work very well for the home cook. Cookbooks don't get much better than this.

Agincourt Historically accurate, easy to read, a rollicking good story, and the good guys win in the end. You can't beat it!

So now it's your turn. What books do you love to give as gifts?



&topic=world_news">digg this
posted by CBD at 09:00 AM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "Time for me to change, stretch, and work out! ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "[i]But Wolfus, the kitties are just trying to prot ..."

Government Work: "the WPA made a mistake. Posted by: Wolfus Aureliu ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "[i]Tulane had a pool, in the lowest level? A basem ..."

Puddleglum, cheer up for the worst is yet to come: "418: splits like this in pro sports rarely end wel ..."

Quint: "416, I used to own his golf book. To be honest I ..."

Miklos, who cannot lie about things nobody could make up: "I guess they closed the pool before they built the ..."

RickZ: "But Wolfus, the kitties are just trying to protect ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "And the Killer Kittens From Outer Space are thrivi ..."

Quint: "411, I watched one LIV tournament and just did not ..."

Puddleglum, cheer up for the worst is yet to come: "Tulane had a pool, in the lowest level? A basement ..."

Puddleglum, cheer up for the worst is yet to come: "I swear Seve was bipolar. One second he's happy an ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64