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what are you reading?


Bonnie,
I'm currently plowing through a 16 hour Pulitzer winner by Philip Roth,
American Pastoral. Ron Silver reading. Interesting. A very good book
but, even though I prefer unabridged books, I think I could have lived
with the abridged version on this one.

Kitty
so CHAT, what are you reading?
> I find I do all...plus, have a small tape recorder (will have to add a cd
> player soon) in a fanny pack that I use to listen to audio books while
> gardening, doing housework, and driving.   Using it has enabled me to
> "read" a much larger number of books during the year.  Currently, I am
> enjoying "Much Depends on Dinner" by Margaret Visser.  She has taken an
> ordinary dinner and given the history behind each of the ingredients.  
> 
> Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
> 
> 
> 
> 
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Theresa <tchessie@comcast.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Date: 11/26/2003 3:28:14 PM
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] Armitage CD and other electronic wonders
> >
> > Well Jim- for an "ole timer" (and I mean that with all affection) you
> > certainly have kept up with the times.  I enjoy a good novel, and I don't
> > want to take my laptop to read in bed.... But- the majority of my garden
> > book needs can now be met online or via electronic versions.  I quit
> buying
> > gardening books a couple years ago, with the rare exception now and then.
> I
> > realized that I wasn't using the paper version of the books (except for
> > maybe 6 or so of them).  Thank God for the internet and electronic
> > everything- I'd never manage to keep in touch with my family, do any
> > banking, buy gifts, or manage to do an eighth of my job without it.  I'll
> > take anything that makes life easier and more fulfilling- and for me
> > computers and the like to just that.
> >
> > Besides, that back corner of the library just sent my allergies bonkers- I
> > guess I did get teary-eyed, but for a different reason : )
> >
> > Theresa
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> > Behalf Of james singer
> > Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 12:58 PM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Armitage CD and other electronic wonders
> >
> >
> > Guess I'm the only contrarian who thinks most gardening books are
> > how-to manuals, not something to get teary-eyed over--rather something
> > to get into, find what you're looking for, and get out of as quickly as
> > you can. A long time ago, I thought reading the dictionary was fun but
> > I gave it up once someone invented the spellchecker. Can't say that I
> > miss it.
> >
> > And, of course, there are many, many books that I enjoy that will
> > likely never become electronic--in spite of the herculean effort of the
> > Gutenburg Project. But when I want to remember a passage from
> > Huckleberry Finn, I go to Gutenburg and do a site search. I don't try
> > to thumb through the yellowed pages of an old, inexpensive [probably
> > book club issue], dog-eared copy.
> >
> > And, yes, I wandered though the back stacks, not only at university,
> > but also at the National Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD,
> > before the National Agricultural Library was built. In those innocent
> > days, I could check out 17th and 18th century books--even take them
> > home to share with my children. That stuff [John Gerard's herbal and
> > Philip Miller's Gardeners' Dictionary] will probably never make the
> > electronic library. And it's a pity. Because they haven't made the
> > reprint paper library either. And probably won't.
> >
> > Qualifier--Gerard's herbal was reprinted in facsimile several years ago
> > at something like $100 per copy; as far as I know, Miller [the most
> > popular gardening book of its time, and perhaps for a 100 years
> > thereafter] has never been re-printed on cheap or expensive paper. My
> > first wife [divorce settlement story] has a third edition. Seventeen
> > hundred something; bound in leather.
> >
> > I'd settle for it on a web site.
> >
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