Wednesday, December 24, 2008


I just found this cool way to read those bigger books you always meant to read-you know, like War and Peace or they have over three hundred Harlequin titles!

They got the idea for DailyLit after the New York Times serialized a few classic works in special supplements a few summers ago. They wound up reading books that they had always meant to simply by virtue of making them part of our daily routine of reading the newspaper. The only thing we do more consistently than read the paper is read email. Bingo! So they put together a first version and began reading War of the Worlds and Pride and Prejudice. As they showed it to friends, they added more books and features at their request, and presto, DailyLit was born.

Seems like a great Idea too me.

Have you heard of the Amazon Kindle? a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers. It uses electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper—and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both "lefties" and "righties" can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.In just fiction Amazon offers over 90,000 titles! You can read magazines and newspapers on it as well. I think you have to subscribe to each title separately of course but it certainly is convenient to have them in one place. Our friend Michele has a Kindle and it looks as good as the idea sounds!

Of course there is nothing that replaces a book in the hand. I am reading a book that I was able to get from the UW-Milwaukee through InterLibrary Loan: In Quest of Tolstoy by Hugh McLean. A piece of academic study that
investigates some of the numerous puzzles and paradoxes in the Tolstoyan heritage, engaging both with Tolstoy the artist, author of those incomparable novels, and Tolstoy the thinker, who, from his impregnable outpost at Yasnaya Polyana, questioned the received ideas and beliefs of the whole civilized world. In two concluding essays, "Tolstoy beyond Tolstoy," McLean deals with the impact of Tolstoy on such diverse figures as Ernest Hemingway and Isaiah Berlin. A supremely talented artist, whose novels and short stories continue to entrance readers all over the world, he was at the same time a fearless moral philosopher who explored and challenged the fundamental bases of human society—political, economic, legal, and cultural. I DON'T think this book will be on Kindle!

Have to finish Mom's Christmas socks yet. One sock finished and the other about four inches done:

This is the Whitby by Nancy Bush from Knitting on the Road. Great Book! Wonderful designer!
Also have to bake some spritz cookies so I'd better get at it!
Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year if we don't talk before then!

The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.
James Thurber

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