They've been selling new, used, and antique books since 1975 and are basically crammed foot to ceiling with book. It also smells delicious.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
This month has been a leave of absence for your blogger... so my apologies, but I've taken a bit more liberty in choosing what I read instead of reading for my blog. This has a relieved a lot of stress for now, but I've gotten around to visiting some very sweet local bookstores.
Happy Holidays! (whether it be Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, or nothing) I know at the top of my book wish list is Knowledge is Beautiful (some very cool infographics//that I will buy with my grandparent's yearly gift of a book store gift card).
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
This is simply a post about morals. Nothing exciting or earthshattering, but I wanted to make my blog a little more diverse than just books. Maybe I’ll do a couple more posts like this, maybe I won’t. Let’s wait and see. (Inspiration of this book came from a response about Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell)
Morals are tricky… they aren’t universally agreed upon. We can see that from the many different people, religions, countries, and institutions who all don’t agree. It seems that we live in a world where you are expected to know right from wrong without a universally agreed upon right or wrong.
Sure, there are the standard laws that must people agree on— don’t kill, don’t steal, be nice, don’t physically hurt someone… but what about those tricky/controversial issues? The separation of church/religion and state, gay marriage, abortion, immigration, these all seem so inherent that we can’t talk about it.
The world seems divided now, there are political parties that refute everything, there are religious organizations that refute two or three but somewhere along the line contradict themselves. It seems to me that everyone is trying to put everything into a white or black box of right or wrong. Recently in class our teacher asked us if we thought there was a gray area. I immediately think “Well, of course there is.” Our teacher goes on to say that rather than there being a gray area most of the time it us deceiving ourselves with thinking we are doing something gray rather than doing something wrong.
But I think otherwise. Picking up your own trash rather than picking up both yours and your friends isn’t wrong because you are pulling your own weight. My teacher comes back with the point that don’t we all live in the same world. You have to come to the conclusion then that you have a different sense of right and wrong. The gooey, icky stuff is morality— a long debated tradition of war and head turning.
Morals are defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “
Friday, December 5, 2014