Thursday, January 12, 2012

Daily Thoughts 01/12/2012

Gerard ter Borch the Younger, The Reading Lesson, 17th Century

Daily Thoughts 01/12/2012

I read a bit of The Night Circus on the way to work.  The writing is elegant and stylish, not something you often see in a fantasy novel.  The magicians don't throw fire, they exist in dinner parties, salons, shows, circuses, and other entertainments.

I also started The Ecotechnic Future.  The author is talking about the end of oil and how our civilization is not quite ready for it.  He claims that oil is not replaceable with current technology.  I disagree with him in some ways.  I think that we have not exploited ocean based energy that well as well as high altitude wind energy.  There is a lot more that can be done.

In addition, I started reading Don't Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis.  I am enjoying it.  Kenneth C. Davis has already mentioned the writers George Frazier and Joseph Campbell.

This morning, I updated the Twitter and Facebook accounts for the library.

Kenneth Davis is coming to do an author talk tonight.  He write this article in the Westchester Journal News   Library 'shaped me,' author says.  Writer to speak, sign books in Mount Vernon.  He will be here at 6:00 p.m.

There is another budget meeting for the City Council tonight, but I'm working tonight.  Please support the library.

Kenneth Davis came to read tonight.  It went well.  Kenneth talked about his childhood in Mount Vernon and the importance of the library and reading.  He also talked about the start of his writing career.  His first book which was a bestseller was Don't Know Much About History.  He also showed us some of his new children's books.  He took questions from the audience about history.  His focus was on the presidential elections this time. There were different questions about Eleanor Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, the great depression, primary source material, and hidden history.

I bought A Nation Rising which I had signed.  Mobile Libris which is a mobile bookseller sold quite a few books to the people who attended.

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