Sunday, November 17, 2013

This week at the library: Jack London, the e-lectric telegraph, and the consequences of sex



Today I made my monthly trip to my university library, where under skies threatening thunderstorms I happily lost myself in the stacks for a few hours. I came home with a bag of books, including...


  • The Victorian Internet, Tom Standage
  • Martin Eden, Jack London
  • The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature,  Matt Ridley
  • A Scientist in the City, James Trefil
  • small is beautiful: economics as if people mattered,  E.F. Schumacher


I'd hoped to find books relating to Mount Everest or the Appalachian Trail, but alas! None were to be found. I'm sure they're in there; I've never had luck searching the catalogue of libraries using Library of Science classification.  Earlier in the week I checked out High Into the Thin Cold Air by Sir Edmund Hillary, which I thought would chronicle his ascent, the first known successful one. Turns out it's about his attempt to look for the Abominable Snowman. I can't say I expected that..

This next week I'll be reading from the books listed above, but some items from my home library will get priority; I have Sharpe's Revenge and The Men Who United the States, the latter of which seems to be a little adventure and a little economic history.

Inside the library, they were celebrating No-Shave November in amusing style.

                                         
                                     


You may recognize that volume on the bottom from a couple of years ago..


Well, 'til next week -- happy reading! 






1 comment:

  1. I've read The Victorian Internet, Tom Standage, and Small is beautiful: economics as if people mattered, E.F. Schumacher. I think you'll like both of them.

    Oh, over here we call No-Shave November, Mo-Vember. It seems to be very popular this year - lots and lots of hair fuzz about!

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