Friday Links #27: Half-Price Books

I had a problem. My car sat idling outside the waiting room as my keys were dangled in front of me on the outstretched arm of the smiling clerk at Discount Tire. The new rubber was installed and I was supposed to leave, but I hadn’t finished the book I was reading. I wasn’t close, I Read More …

RTFCP: Read the @#$&@&% Copyright Page!

Do you ever read a book’s copyright page? I bet you don’t. After all, why would you? It’s just a bunch of legalese, the publisher’s address, some odd numerical sequences that only rare book collectors care about, and maybe a boilerplate assurance that the book is a work of fiction. The latter is included so that Read More …

Matterhorn’s Dirty-Mouthed Marines

Two hundred days into our trip I had decided that our travels were not producing enough drama to warrant foisting another and-then-we-did-this travel book upon the world. We were in Spain, our eleventh country, and, so far, nothing had happened: there had been no muggings, neither of us were hit by a car, and we Read More …