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Murray Browne
Decatur, Georgia
Writer
Interests: Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire (2016), The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009), Understanding Search Engines (1999),
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For me, World War I isn’t an event remembered once a century, it was something I grew up with since both of my grandfathers fought in The Great War. Captain Glenn R. Browne was in the 35th Division over in France and my mother’s father Sergeant Harry D. (Pete) Burtis,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Book Shopper
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The most noticeable outlier of my Books Read in 2018 list, which is viewable on the blog’s home page, is Brian Christian and Tom Griffith’s Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions (2016). This book also caught my attention in the June/July Believer issue (see previous posting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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The Book Shopper Backlog The last couple months I have seen the backlog of my unpublished postings really pile up. But my alibis are in order: 1.) The Cubs were in the race for the NL pennant again. This was the fourth year that the team has been relevant in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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The other day I was reading this article from the September 20th edition of The Economist while riding a crowded MARTA train: And that's not all -- then there is the loss of poultry and pigs: You could buy a lot of greenhouse gas-reducing public transportation for that kind of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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This seat-less bike has been chained to a Midtown Atlanta street sign for a couple of weeks. Long enough to wonder if someone is making some kind of "artistic" statement. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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The Georgia Book and Paper Fair is a few blocks away from the Decatur Book Festival, which is currently being held on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd. The event is located at Decatur's Ebster Recreation Center, which is air-conditioned and a welcome relief from the heat and humidity... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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Denise and I recently returned from a 10 day swing through the National Parks of Bryce, Glen Canyon, Grand Canyon (North Rim) and Zion. In addition to the amazing scenery, hikes, raft trips, jeep rides and afternoon gin-'n-tonics, we did do some book reading and book shopping. Our audio book... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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When I have to share the already narrow, crumbling sidewalks of Midtown Atlanta with speeding, silent scooters, ridden by well balanced, carefree, young people, I will I admit I have evil thoughts about vandalizing the offending vehicles. And I am not only one, as reported in the August 18, 2018... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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One of my many excuses for not posting in a couple of months is that I had been writing a longer piece for Tropics of Meta, which describes itself as Historiography for the Masses. This political and thought provoking website examines popular culture and current events through an historical lens.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the famous photographer Walker Evans took black and white photographs of riders on the New York City subway. The book Many Are Called includes 89 of these photographs with an introductory essay by James Agee. It was not published until 1966 because Evans... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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The recent deaths of writers Tom Wolfe and Philip Roth provided me the opportunity to revisit more than just their books and novels, but gave me license to re-examine what I had written about them in The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009), this blog's namesake. Rather than force... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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Last year I started reading challenging books to grandson Myrick and now I have a granddaughter Zoey who likes to be read to as well. Here I am sharing David Halberstam's The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War (2007). Halberstam devotes several background chapters to General Douglas MacArthur the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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Apparently readers around my adopted Little Library are starved for decent books to read because two days after restocking the library with these offerings, the shelves were empty again. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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In a posting from October, 2016 I featured one of the quaint, small libraries in a city park near my house that had fallen in disrepair and suffered from a dearth of books. It's only offering was pro football coach Pete Carroll's treatise on coaching and winning. (Why does it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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March 30th, 2018 was the first anniversary of the I-85 bridge burn and collapse here in Atlanta. We all remember where we were when we saw the black plumes belching over the late afternoon skyline. As I was taking a MARTA train from downtown Atlanta to my home Decatur, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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One of the ways I have managed to keep the baseball flames lit in the off season is by revisiting Neal and Constance McCabe's Baseball's Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon (1993). I took it off my baseball book shelf after a recent visit to the Joe Jackson... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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This is a shout out to that tattered paperback --- a yellowed time capsule that continues to be in circulation while withstanding the onslaught of E-books and the proliferation of audio books. Unlike more modern fanfare, these evocative paperbacks can bring back memories of our reading youth, do they not?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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You can cross The Shoeless Joe Jackson Baseball Museum in Greenville, South Carolina off my Let's-Not-Set-the-Bar-Too-High Bucket List. (I think people put a lot of pressure on themselves with exotic Bucket Lists, which can shorten their lives...) Located in Jackson's actual home near the minor league stadium, Fluor Field, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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In this scene from movie "The Darkest Hour" Winston Churchill, played by Gary Oldman, queries riders on the London Underground whether Great Britain should sue for peace or fight the Nazis on the beaches, the landing zones, fields and streets etc. It was the emotional zenith of the movie, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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"A Weeded Collection is a Used Collection" This adage comes from one of my favorite professors in library school. Shown here is the approximately 150 books which have been purged from our home library. They include: books we read and liked but won't read again, duplicates, books we are never... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at The Book Shopper
I am the same. Read more ABOUT them than actually reading them though I do remember browsing thru Lawrence Ferlinghetti's book of poems Coney Island of the Mind, while in high school, which is so unlike me.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2018 on Beat Generation Exhibit at The Book Shopper
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This morning's reading notes: Followed by this quote: "The small car is worn like shoes or pants. It transforms the motorist into a super pedestrian and renders him nauseating to all occupants of real cars." -- Marshall McLuhan in the essay, Inside the Five Sense Sensorium (1961) Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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The Dream Machine: the Beat Generation & the Counterculture, 1940 -1975 which is currently on exhibit at the Robert Woodruff Library on the Emory University campus grabbed my attention in unexpected ways when I visited last month. As a baby boomer, I knew some of the basics about the beats... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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Begun in November 2008, the Book Shopper blog has had tweaks in format and content, but has stayed true to its main purpose, a personal outlet about my interest in books and book culture. Originally, it concentrated on the metropolitan Atlanta "literary" scene, but that quickly became a tedious exercise,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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Allow me to count the ways: One. Building construction obliterates sidewalks for months at a time. Two. The crosswalks near these construction sites have long been erased or painted over by unintelligible, utility company hieroglyphics, which can be interpreted by only a select few. (If a graffiti artist defaced public... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub