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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)
Recent Activity
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Although the Freedom Farmer's Market at the Carter Center remains open for the time being ( they are controlling crowds to maintain social distancing), Destination: Books will not be there on Saturday, April 4th. Books about gardening, the environment and sustainability are important and we enjoyed conversing with people about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Destination: Books
The MARTA Army is an independent grassroots action group, committed to enhancing the ridership experience on public transit in Metro Atlanta. Since the MARTA Army recently solicited suggestions for their book club, may I recommend Down and Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire? Even though a satire based on the public... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
Recent events have dictated my current reading choices, but I suppose on some level all reading choices are based directly or indirectly on the internal and external factors in one’s life. But my decision to re-read Albert Camus’s 1948 novel, The Plague has been a little more obvious than usual.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at The Book Shopper
For the last few weeks I have been shifting from book shopper to book seller and Saturday, March 7th and Saturday, April 4th I will be setting up Destination: Books, a popup book stall at the Freedom Farmer’s Market at the Carter Center here in Atlanta. Destination: Books will be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2020 at The Book Shopper
Through the magic of algorithms and nestled in-between many internet ads for printer ink (I recently bought some at Office Depot) I am now connected to the New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens on Facebook. It is a moderated collection of transit-oriented humor and commentary, mixed in with reports around... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
Destination: Books will be at the Freedom Farmer's Market at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Saturday, March 7th and Saturday, April 4th, selling books from Chelsea Green Publishing, which publishes a cornucopia (a word I use sparingly) of books on "the politics and the practice of sustainability." The pop-up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at Destination: Books
"Many fates befall books other than being read and treasured" - Richard Ford, Independence Day This quote came to mind when I saw several books soaking in the creek at the park near my house. The creek bank was steep and I wished I had an older version of my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2020 at The Book Shopper
Excellent idea about the vase, Cal. It's a challenge to toss out a serviceable bookmark. Do you weed your home library?
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2020 on Bookmark Findings at The Book Shopper