Saturday, September 18, 2004

Bookie, Mark Wormwood, of Centrebet, bets on Havel for peace prize
When we go into a library, we usually spend a few minutes in the children’s book section, looking for old favorites. There is some comfort in knowing that another generation is puzzling over the (rather tame) antics of Beany Malone. That the Boxcar Children haven’t aged. That Margaret is still talking to God. That on any aisle in any library, we can find a book that changed our little world (look under Laura Ingalls Wilder, and you will discover the summer we captained an expedition to build a cave to protect our gang from the wild tornadoes of California’s Central Coast…).
From Booksquare:

Literature & Art Across Frontiers: Judging Artistic Success by Commercial Failure
Building a 21st Century Library System for San Diego was one of ten goals Mayor Dick Murphy issued when he took office in January 2001. The Mayor's purpose was to create a city worthy of our affection by 2020. Libraries ranked right up there with strengthening police and fire protection, reducing traffic congestion, building affordable housing, establishing energy independence, cleaning up the pollution of the city's beaches and bays, and even building a new baseball stadium. The rare combination of a mayor giving the city library system as high a priority as other crucial city services, articulating a long-term vision for the development of that plan, seeking allies to support it, and sticking with it even when it became a campaign issue attracted the attention of LJ's editors.
Politician of the Year 2004: Dick Murphy
• · The Billionaire Poet: Like Jozef Imrich, Felix Dennis is a socialist billionaire.... Now Dennis, 57, has decided to become a poet. If I were Poet Laureate, I would put a poem in every pair of pajamas, fortune cookie...; [V.S. Naipaul likes the idea of Vrbov: Home is, I suppose, just a child’s idea. A house at night, and a lamp in the house; Youth, hope and silliness go together, in cities as in people Scary that I should grow ooold in such a young city as Sydney ]
• · · French for "already seen", déjà vu is "the sort of fleeting, intimate experience that reveals itself more readily to novelists than to researchers
• · · · ALA member libraries to receive copies of Oprah's Book Club pick: "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck
She was definitely the sort of girl who puts her hand over a husband's eyes, as he is crawling in to breakfast with a morning head, and says: 'Guess who!'
P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
• · · · · Monogamy something created and imposed by human beings as a way of managing the intersection of political and social affairs Myth of Monogamy: I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times
• · · · · · Political adultery at Tulip Cafe Czech premier Stanislav Gross endorses Scotty