Beauty is in the eye of the reader

Summer is almost here and I am definitely not beach body ready.

This had me thinking about beauty and what is beautiful.  Grey hair is making a come back (and purple rinse come to think of it) but, only it you are under 30.

who wears short shorts?

If I can’t plank and there is no time for plastic surgery, at least I can read.

Which had me heading to the stacks

A book of poems are the 1st up

Ruin & Beauty New and Selected Poems By Patricia Young

It is a rather dark collection of poems or at least it feels that way on a rainy day

Up to the fun fashion and Beauty.  Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman by Sara James Mnookin

I think of Audrey Hepburn, (I know it’s not Tiffany’s  but it is that era) I love the stories about the family living on top of the store and all the perks of this wonderful fashionable icon.  If you weren’t a fashion maven before reading, you might be now.

I actually had the e book first and it didn’t do justice to the black and white photos in the book.  The testimonials from so many fashion mavens and people who I know must be fabulous make this a great pick up and put down book.  I will never look at the BG logo the same again.

Lastly, Bodies of Subversion A Secret History of Women and Tattoo By Margot Mifflin

The photos , the culture.  Tattoos and women seem still verboten in some jobs and more than welcome and fashion forward in another.  The days of Sailor Jerry might be gone but the art of traditional tattoo, tattoos with meaning and even drunk tattoos still exist.

I was most fascinated by the section; Circus Ladies and Society Women but, I have to say I have post its in all kinds of places in this book.


Not a typical reading day but, sometimes you have to tiptoe through the bookshelves



Tickled my fancy

From the book shelves today I wanted to grab ones that grabbed me.

One that I have yet to finish even though I picked it up last year or the year before (Therefore I cannot verify that anyone else would want to read it) Has a fascinating title in any political climate but, maybe especially now in our world vision.

The Sheikh’s Batmobile In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World             By Richard Poplak.

I have only made it to page 24 so far and that is not a reflection on poor writing but more a reflection on how I have been known to skip from book to book and back again.  Thereby losing track of some until I write about them.

I have read two of March Roach’s books.  Non-fiction and niche writing that keeps me coming back for the next one.

The first book was Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.

I actually lent this one to an intern at a Trauma Centre and then went out and bought another copy.  I would think you can’t be squeamish to read it but, on the other hand with TV shows and even the news this is pretty tame.

The second book I read by Ms Roach was; Packing for Mars.

What some people will do in the name of science or for a pay cheque is amazing.  It gave me pause to wonder;  who did I think the space agencies practiced on before the real thing?

I am 99.9% sure that I have more books are outside of the romance, mystery, biography sphere.  More on them, once I re-sort the shelves after the latest pull.


No Exit

Back to the stacks.

It might sound daunting but it really isn’t.  I have been fascinated with the idea proposed by Jean Paul Sarte in No Exit.

It really is hell if you think about it.  Three people locked in a  room together, no doors , no windows.  No way out of the room and nothing to observe or do outside of what they three have access to. Can’t watch passerby, TV, the sky and the clouds… you get the idea.

No internet ( a relatively new invention) no telephone . And when it comes to the people in the room, it will always be one against two, two against one, all three against each other.  There is no comfortable spot.

You can’t leave to go to the mall, call a friend or talk behind someone’s back.

It might not seem hellish at first but, I have picked up the book and put it down many times over the years and it is still a good puzzle.  Is there anything that would truly be worse from a  social interaction point of view.

Other social interactions and not literary ones can be considered hell but, I would propose that they all have a way out.

No Exit.




Odd books can be fun

It is amazing the books a book nerd will collect.

Tonight I am loving the ones that have me saying; why did I get that again?

Only room here for one example.

Etiquette For Today By Sheila Ostrander a Barnes & Noble Everyday Handbook has a printed price of 1.50. That should tell you the age right there.

Excerpt; “If you smoke at your desk, make sure smoking doesn’t interfere with your job. Keep your ashtrays clean.”

There were days when walking into a manager’s office meant walking through a cloud of blue smoke.  There was no huddle of smokers outside of the office building, they were all inside at their desks.

Back to the book.

Under Conversational Drift:  If someone mispronounces a word which you want to use afterwards, try to find a synonym so that you don’t appear to be correcting him.

What is the etiquette today if someone uses U instead of you in their text?  I am sure there must be etiquette for the internet.

Train: Going through the coaches of a train, a man walks ahead of a woman so he can open the heavy doors.

This doesn’t tell me what to do if I am going through the coaches by myself. Do I go ahead and open the heavy doors or enlist someone in the coach?  Hmmm

This etiquette book  was printed in 1970 and the original print was 1960.

What a snapshot and I haven’t even delved into how to return gifts and what to do at the dinner table.

It is giving me the itch to locate a Miss Manners book, Dear Abby column.. this could be a whole new collection

Some people collect cookbooks or train mysteries I might need more of these books on etiquette.

Back to the piles

Sunday Sunday

Laundry, bills, and a rainy dark day to boot.  It must be time to put the breaks on and read.

I thought about reading the newspaper; way too negative, no good news stories there and if there are some, they seem to be throw away content.  No, newspapers won’t get rid of the Sunday funk.

TV, I don’t have Netflix or cable or I might not be as engaged in that medium as someone that does have the extra channels.

Which means back to the books. I thought about hitting the thrift store to see what treasure I can find but, laziness won out.  Stay home , dig through the shelves.

In my stacks, I dug around for fiction that would keep me going at least today and maybe cross over into the week days.

Here are my two picks

George R.R. Martin wrote The Armageddon Rag in the 1980s . My copy is totally yellowed, bent ( no dog ears I do have some restraint).  Is he not the same author who wrote Game of Thrones? I am not up on TV but, I think so.  If you have a chance to read this novel I am betting you won’t forget the Nazgul.  Rock and Roll with some demonic components.  A definite must if you have the time.

In over simplified terms,this book is an investigation of the murder of a rock promoter. Good versus evil. Of course it encompasses so much more and in my Pocket edition it’s 399 pages of story.  That is correct.  If I didn’t enjoy it , it could have easily  been used as a door stop

Another old timer in my paperback collection is E.L. Doctorow’s ; The Book of Daniel.

Again, uber simplified; a couple are electrocuted for treason and the book of Daniel is about their son.  Growing up in America with American ideals, fitting in but, not.  I think that can speak to a lot of us, American or no.

The part I have quoted over the years is about Daniel going to Disneyland as an adult; Disneyland at Christmas.

I wouldn’t even attempt to quote it here but, let’s say Daniel is not a fan.  Or we could even suppose it is a breakdown of Disneyland as a cultural anthropologist might view it.

Our hero is not taken in by Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and not much of a mention of Mickey.  Separate from Disney. Perhaps I keep enjoying this book because I am not 100% for Daniel. He’s real, he does things that aren’t nice and I still feel for him and take a hard look at his hard knocks.  this guy is not looking for my sympathy.

Laundry might not get done today.