Now, the question is, how am I supposed to get more reading done if I keep going to bookstores all the time? My son, who, like me, is about to finish Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, actually brought this up a few weeks ago in one of our many email exchanges. Of course, he’s as addicted to books as I am — which is exactly why we’re going to Powell’s Books a little later this morning. Despite the abundance of reading material we have close at hand, we both agree that we don’t have nearly enough books.
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I purchased these two volumes at the very end of the year. Montaigne, in fact, arrived at my doorstep on December 31, as chipper as ever despite his 500 years. Huck Finn — I haven’t read about his adventures since I was twelve or thirteen — about the same time I first thought about running away from home. Yes, yes, I know he’s evil, I know the book has been banned, and that Mark Twain should be prosecuted, banished, and shot. I also know that the rest of us should receive the same punishment for some of the stupid thoughts we think, all the more so because we are convinced of their keen originality — when the plain truth is, there is more to be gleaned from the sound of someone sawing wood.
Michel de Montaigne: The Complete Works
Essays, Travel Journal, Letters
Translated by Donald M. Frame
Introduction by Stuart Hampshire
Alfred A. Knopf (2003)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
The only authoritative edition based on the complete original manuscript with all of the original illustrations.
125 anniversary edition expanded with updated notes and references and a selection of original documents — letters, advertisements, playbills — some never before published, from Mark Twain’s “book tour” to promote its original publication.
University of California Press (2010)
In the Forum: what orange sounds like.