Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Saturday, June 26, 2010


I am currently in Holden Village. They have a library (could I really spend a summer somewhere without one?) but it is a bit small and without computer catalog.* That means if I'm in the mood for a particular type of book (summer makes me crave fantasy, for instance) I must rely on my eyes for colors and fonts to spot it on the shelf as I pass by. But one of the reasons I love libraries and fear the coming E-Book age is that choosing something to read is much more spontaneous. You stumble upon treasures you never would have using a catalog.

My favorite find in the Holden Library so far:
The Wicked Marquis, with a protagonist named Esme. Could it get any better?

P.S. Since I know I have Holden fans reading my blog now, I'll give a few notes on Village doings. 1. I did my first day of Garbo, which involves sorting trash and chopping compost. 2. We're having pizza for dinner and they spelled out Esme in bell peppers on the vegan one. 3. I've been trained for the hose house, but we were low on water that day so I didn't get to shoot the fire hose. All the same, from now on I would like to be addressed as Ms. Firewoman. 4. I pester the mailman everyday but I have yet to get a letter. Ahem.

*Wait. Maybe that's a lie; I have noticed a computer down there and I'm sure it's not for internet.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Ms. Firewoman,

    The Wicked Marquis? That sounds AMAAAAZING. Or terrible. But probably amazing.

    When I read "hose house" for some reason I thought it said "house elf." I was mightily befuddled for a moment. What is wrong with my head?

    And, speaking of Harry Potter, did you know that they're releasing the first REAL Deathly Hallows trailer at the release of Eclipse on Wednesday? I'm excited.