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I vowed not to purchase any books during 2010, and thus far it’s proved to be liberating. I don’t only mean this in terms of the re-discovered time freed from leisurely browsing (on- and off-line) and unspent dollars of course, but more significantly in terms of the erection of boundaries and its surprising effects. We […]

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He can read!

This is somewhat dated by blog standards, such as they are, but it struck me as an opportunity not to be missed. Karl Rove, writing in the The Wall Street Journal, reminisces about his friendly “contest” with the then-incumbent President of the United States of America. For the final three years of the Dubyah administration, […]

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eternal sunshine

In part as a welcome to a newly-found, previously long-lost lost one, I decided to look up some other, old and familiar, faces from the past. It’s interesting to see them in internet garb. Norman Geras: I remember a particularly slim volume which managed to elude me for the entire duration of my first term […]

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How to browse

Jonathan Glancey writes passionately about Selexyz Dominicanen in The Guardian’s very own ShopTalk section. The bookshop is integrated within the architectural frame of a 13th century Dominican Church, with its enormous bookcase a commanding presence and counter-point to its now secularised altar. Seldom have the twin pursuits – truthfulness and faith – come face to […]

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on reading

If reading is an exploration of uncharted lands, then books as gifts are beacons that illuminate and guide.

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You know how it is sometimes. You see her; she catches your eye. Sometimes it’s hard to keep your resolve. Soon enough, you’ve taken her home and do what comes naturally. Then you realise that you’ve done this before. Years ago. And it wasn’t even that great the first time around. So you bring her […]

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For two successive days this weekend, I wandered around Kinokuniya determined and a little anxious to make a purchase; not just any purchase, of course, but a “something” that will restore some semblance of balance between the forces of light and darkness, wisdom and ignorance. A tall order, and no doubt a reflection of recent […]

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what a joke

A customer walks into a bookshop and asks “Can you tell me where the self-help section is?” To which the bookseller replies: “If I told you where it is, that would defeat the purpose”. The reason why I relate this unfunny tale is that I stumbled upon a model “Self-Help” section while in London and […]

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