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February 02, 2020

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Cal Gough

One of the best things I ever did to support my reading habits was to commandeer a silver, wide-mouthed vase to keep beside the table next to my favorite reading spot - I keep it full of bookmarks instead of flowers. Many of these bookmarks are recycled cutouts from calendars, plus the few that I've bought at bookstores (because they were too beautiful to resist) or that were given to me. Like you, however, I will sometimes use postcards - I have zillions of them, and they are, like you say, ideal for bookmarks. (If I could find a way to display them like the skinny bookmarks, I'd prorably replace my current stash of skinnies with a stash of postcards.)

Murray Browne

Excellent idea about the vase, Cal. It's a challenge to toss out a serviceable bookmark. Do you weed your home library?

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Books Read in 2020

  • Elizabeth Hardwick: Sleepless Nights (1979)
  • Vladimir Nabokov: Pnin (1953)
  • Toni Morrison: Beloved (1987)
  • Charles Bukowski: Post Office: A Novel (1971)
  • Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017)
  • Victor David Hanson: Ripples of Battle (2003)
  • Brian Dillon: Essayism: On Form, Feeling and Nonfiction (2017)
  • W.G. Sebald: The Emigrants (1992)
  • Carll Tucker: The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Finding America, Finding Myself (2008)
  • E.F. Schumacher: Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (1973)
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen : Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (2016)
  • Graham Greene: The Ministry of Fear (1943)
  • Zadie Smith: Grand Union: Stories (2020)
  • Thomas Pynchon: Gravity's Rainbow (1973)
  • Steven Weisenberger: The Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Context for Pynchon's Novel (1983)
  • Paul Chaat Smith: Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong (2010)
  • Graham Greene: The Third Man (1949) novella
  • Mark Harris: Bang the Drum Slowly (1956)
  • Susan Levenstein, MD: Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome (2019)
  • Sam Stephenson: Gene Smith's Sink: A Wide-Angle View (2017)
  • Andrew Roberts: Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945 (2008)
  • Lawrence Ritter: The Glory of Their Times (1966)
  • Albert Camus: The Plague (1948)
  • Sam Lipsyte: The Ask: A Novel (2010)
  • Mark Greif: Against Everything: Essays (2016)
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Refugees (2017)
  • Leah Penniman: Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to the Liberation of the Land (2018)
  • Norman Macht: Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball (2007)
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