Philobibliologue II

<1652>iRead d.1652Prefatory note, from A Journal of the Plague Year, which I began reading today on my Kindle Fire —

“being observations or memorials of the most remarkable occurrences, as well public as private, which happened in London during the last great visitation in 1665”

See the Great Plague of London.

never quit on love • never quit on life • never quit your will • & never quit reading

Cavanaugh — Coverage Nondiscrimination Answer Book

Author Cavanaugh, Amy L.
Title Coverage and Nondiscrimination Answer Book
Publisher Panel Publishers | Aspen Publishers, Inc.: New York
Copyright © 2000
ISBN 0-7355-1384-8
Format/Device hardbound
Category home stacks
Tags actuarial, pension
Links LOC | Amazon | B&N | HPB | Goodreads | Wikipedia

Primarily purchased in order to see how much she learned from what I taught her. Apparently, not a whole lot, but at least enough to fool Panel Publishers into putting this book out. Those who rely on it, do so at your peril. Take it from the one who really wrote the book on it.


Maldoror in the French

iRead MaldororToday is the anniversary of the birth of my favorite author, Lautréamont, French poet born on this day in 1846 in Uruguay.

This year, I’m celebrating by beginning my first reading of the French version of Les Chants de Maldoror. Numerous times already I’ve read English translations of Maldoror, but this will be the first time I’ll be reading it as Lautréamont wrote his masterpiece.

And it will take me several years, since I will be reading Maldoror the same slow but steady way I am currently reading Finnegans Wake and Tarantula, along with several other books that lay the foundation of my daily reading routines.

Eclectic Reader

Play my iPod nano’s music list on shuffle mode, and at any given minute you might hear anything from Dylan to Sinatra to Beethoven to Otis Redding to Wagnerian opera to Enya to SRV. A delightfully eclectic mix.

Peek in on my life at any random instant throughout a typical week, and you might see as wide a diversity. Digging a ditch for our community one minute. Singing karaoke another. Vacuuming the floors at home. Preparing a speech I’ll be delivering about closed pension plans. As eclectic as my music.

My hobbies are as eclectic. Sudoku one moment. The stars of the season the next. Chess one hour. Cross stitching the next. Crossword puzzles. Making pension charts nobody else has seen. And a hundred other various diversions in every direction, all grabbing the occasional minute out of any given day.

And then of course, there is my reading.

From time to time, I might make it through a book cover to cover in a day or two, very focused, without giving attention to any of my other books. Like the recent Barry Manilow concert I attended. Or like spending all day Easter visiting with the kids. Or like playing backgammon for five hours straight. The only scattering being the endless threads tangling inside my head.

But on most any day, my reading is as openly eclectic as anything else in my life . . . .

What I’m currently reading is . . . .

Mid-week Meet n’ Greet

A book I authored in 1991 about pension plan nondiscrimination was published both hardbound and paperback, and 25 years later I can still be found thumbing through my own super-well-worn highly margin-noted copy. But separately for my own colleagues, I published a private electronic version of that same book, and we found that the ability to quickly hypertext-link through complex legal references within the book, link to relevant external sources, provide capabilities for much more complex electronic marking and margin noting than paper permits, collaborating on sharing such notes, and numerous other things made reliance on the electronic version of the book extremely useful.

Ever since, I have felt comfortable using electronic versions of just about any kind of book I like – be it poetry, history, biography, fiction, reference books, whatever. I continue to very actively collect and read paper copies of any book I can get my hands on; yet even for any book that I have in paper form, I often pursue adding an electronic version to my files. Most of the margin notes and highlighting and links and other extras I now do are made in those electronic versions of my books, often pointing me to a specific page in the paper version; so more often than not, I can be found reading one of my books in both formats at the same time, both paper and electronic.

Cafe Book Bean

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I personally like all of them for different reasons. I prefer to use paperbacks for everyday reading, but I like to get a copy of my favorite books in the hardback. Sometimes it just depends on the book, in the bookstore one or the other will speak to me, I would say I’m 70/30 (paperback/hardback) roughly.  I will say one of my many quirks is that if I start a series with a hard/paperback, I have to finish them all the same! As far as e-books, they are convenient now and then, but I don’t think I will ever fully convert. I think that audiobooks are great for car-rides!

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