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Murray Browne
Decatur, Georgia
Writer, Bookseller
Interests: Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire (2016), The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009), Understanding Search Engines (1999), Destination: Books (a popup book shop)
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This passage comes from Timothy Snyder's On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017): The hero of a David Lodge novel says that you don't know, when you make love for the last time, that you are making love for the last time. Voting is like that. Some of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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Though your garden plot might be winding down for the season (like mine at the community garden plot), this could be the time to catch up on your sustainability reading or reliving some of the joys of gardening. Destination Books has several new books at its Alibris online store for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Destination: Books
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To motivate myself to write more essays, I recently finished Brian Dillon’s Essayism: On Form, Feeling and Nonfiction (2017). As a long-time subscriber to Cabinet magazine, I am familiar with Dillon’s byline as an editor of the quarterly, which sadly is ending its gorgeous print version and going strictly online.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at The Book Shopper
"...there was no end to stupidity, and nothing so dangerous." W.G. Sebald, The Emigrants (1992) Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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By coincidence last week, I stumbled on to a movie and a book where trains play a prominent role in the storyline. They even share an educational component: Wim Wenders, The American Friend. Wenders directed this 1977 German-French film starring Dennis Hopper and a young Bruno Ganz the late, great... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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I have been a Believer subscriber for over ten years and rarely have I thrown away or recycled an issue even though I am nonplussed about the publication. In one (and in the most important) way I've always found each issue containing some interview, feature or essay that introduced me... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2020 at Destination: Books
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This year I started keeping a personal list called Suggested Readings linked off the main menu of the blog’s homepage (unbeknownst to you email subscribers) where I keep track of books that have been recommended to me and the source of that suggestion. It can come in handy for ready-reference,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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Every summer for the past four years, I have written a long piece for the Tropics of Meta or ToM for short. In their words, ToM "offers a fresh perspective on history, current events, popular culture, and issues in the academic world. Founded in 2010, ToM has published (online) over... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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In 2018, these big plastic planters in hideous purple, blue and orange colors were added to busy Dekalb Avenue to slow the traffic from Atlanta into Decatur. I don't how effective they were in calming traffic but nothing slows traffic like a pandemic. These plastic planters have met with some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Next month there will be commemorations* for the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945). One writer who is synonymous with that fateful day, which hastened the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II is John Hersey (1914-1993).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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If you are stuck at home, yearning for travel, and running out of things to read, perhaps you are thinking to yourself, "Maybe it's time to read Will and Ariel Durant's 11 volume The Story of Civilization. " If so, you are in luck. Destination: Books in its ongoing efforts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2020 at Destination: Books
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Do you like to stay up late at night reading, but get tired of holding the book long before you get sleepy? Then check out the revolutionary Buchor Model C, a device that allows you to lie in perfect repose and read your book without having to hold it. Der... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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Before the COVID-19 pandemic in March, this small parking lot near the Avondale Station here in Atlanta would be filled before 8:30 in the morning. Now if you drive in there, one has the uneasy feeling of: "Am I even supposed to be here?" Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Several of my recent reading choices in the past six months have been a direct result of my subscription to The Sun Magazine out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Sun Magazine is a monthly literary publication of essays, fiction, poetry and photography. Each issue has an in-depth interview with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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With Hot Stove League extended past Memorial Day because of the pandemic, my ability to maintain an interest in baseball has waned. With few exceptions, I have little interest in watching tired-ass games of the past or baseball players video gaming or repeats of baseball movie standards ad nauseum such... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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With no foreseeable end to the COVID-19 lock down the Destination: Books popup book stall remains at home with no opportunity to wear our T-shirt "uniforms" out in public. Last year we were at the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association (GABA) Paper and Art Fair at the Decatur Book Festival but... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at Destination: Books
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Inspired by the recent ESPN series "The Last Dance" about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty, this posting is an excerpt from the 2016 book Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire (available online only from Destination: Books or Amazon). The map shows the fictitious Atlantis City Transit System... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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We are living in an era when it is easier than ever to justify purchasing lots of books: a.) the need to support your favorite bookstores b.) more time to read, and c.) more friends are talking about the books they are reading and making more suggestions. It is the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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It took me a few days to figure it out, but Dr. Deborah Birx's reaction to President Trump's "musing" about possible treatments for COVID-19 reminded me of a moment that all subway riders have experienced. You're just on the train trying to mind your own business when another rider exhibits... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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The essay below appeared earlier this month in Everything Typepad, the e-newsletter for users of the platform application Typepad. It's kind of a brief blog history. The original posting appears at https://bit.ly/2VTCTu7. Blog as Archive As one who has been blogging for over a decade, musing about books and book... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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Apr 26, 2020
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Even though Destination: Books remains on lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis, we have used the time to read some of the inventory. One book of interest has been Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome (2019) by Susan Levenstein, MD. After Dr. Levenstein finished her medical studies at Mount Sinai in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at Destination: Books
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The phase "Down and Out" only begins to describe the public transportation situation here in Atlanta and other major cities. Deep cuts in service including reduced schedules for trains and the elimination of bus routes come as little surprise. As one who commuted daily on the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Apr 21, 2020
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One of book-related ways I entertain myself in this stay-at-home era is to take quick pix of journalists and experts fulfilling their news responsibilities from their "home studios." First of all, isn't it interesting that we as television viewers now accept grainy videos, bad lighting, up-the-nose angles, audio drops and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at The Book Shopper