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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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Heretofore the closest I have been to the National Baseball Hall of Fame was reading Richard Ford’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Independence Day (1995). Ford’s book is the slow-paced story of a divorced writer-turned-real estate agent who takes his estranged son to both the basketball and baseball Halls of Fame... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Book Shopper
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Readers of this blog know that when I am walking, electric scooters are not welcome on sidewalks and as a motorist and a fellow human being, I fear being part of or witness to a serious accident involving a scooter on a street. You can call it envy because of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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A very good looking and colorful booth with an eclectic blend of books and magazines made its debut at the 2019 Georgia Book and Paper Fair at the Labor Day Decatur Book Festival. Thanks to the many who helped make it possible: Denise Casey, Bonnie Poore, Barb Shirkey, Mark Burrell,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Destination: Books
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Prep work continues for my pop-up booth Destination Books at the Decatur Book Festival’s Georgia Book and Paper Fair this weekend. This curation can become time-consuming when I run into book oddities that generate memories of days past. Here are some examples: Carma: A Super-Simple Automotive Manual written by David... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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How do you factor inspiration's role when writing a blog, publishing a book, or posting little photo essays about a experience that is as ordinary as going to work each day? Over this past decade of commuting, these activities have been part of my Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Prep work continues for my pop-up booth Destination Books at the Decatur Book Festival’s Georgia Book and Paper Fair this weekend. One bookshelf is dedicated to publisher Paul Dry Books in Philadelphia who – in the spirit of Destination Books – has provided numerous travel books about India, Syria, Turkey,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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I have been a Believer magazine subscriber-reader for a dozen years. Each issue has surprised me with an interview with some writer, musician, actor or artist who I knew little or nothing about being added to my cultural radar. Rebecca Solnit comes most to mind because ever since I read... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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I have maintained throughout this blog, that one of the main, lesser known reasons that people do not choose MARTA, is that once they get off the station -- summer heat and humidity aside -- that walking on the sidewalks is a miserable experience. In January of 2018, I dedicated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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On Labor Day weekend, the Book Shopper becomes bookseller as part of the Decatur Book Festival. I will be setting up a popup book booth called Destination: Books at The Georgia Book and Paper Fair, which is organized in part by the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association. Over 20 vendors from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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After 10 solid years of commuting roundtrip from Decatur to Midtown using MARTA ( Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) I am calling it quits or rather I am retiring from my daily commute. So as I make my final regular trips on the train, I will share some random thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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For the past six weeks I have been spending my blogging and book time on one of my favorite historians Alistair Horne. Previously, I've written about two of his other books on this blog,The Price of Glory, Verdun 1916 (1960)and his 2015 book Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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Destination: Books will have a booth at the Georgia Book and Paper Fair during the Decatur Book Festival on August 31st and September 1st. The Fair is located in the air-conditioned Ebster Recreation Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at Destination: Books
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Destination: Books is a local pop-up booth and bookshop that reflects the interests of its proprietor-moderator, Murray Browne, who is the author of The Book Shopper: A Life in Review and Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire. Destination Books specializes in History, Art, Photography, Transportation, Information Sciences (including data... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at Destination: Books
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These two news items appeared on the same day during the week when President Trump announced his re-election bid in Orlando, Florida. The first was an Associated Press story that appeared on the front page in the June 20th edition of the Chicago Tribune. The second graphic was an article... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Recently at the southbound platform at Atlanta's Midtown Station, MARTA put up a large white board with magnetic letters encouraging commuters to “spell an affectionate word, food for thought, or a poetic sentence for your fellow passengers.” These kind of initiatives (this one is called #railtalkATL) never hit me right.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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During my initial semester at Indiana University in the early 1970s, I first encountered Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22 when a fellow student replaced the nameplate on his dorm door with “The Dead Man in Yosarrian’s Tent.” This certainly fit into the personality of our floor where you could hear... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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Earlier this month, MARTA stations were overrun with Jehovah Witnesses who were in Atlanta for a three-day global convention on May 17-19th. Attendance at Mercedes-Benz Stadium was estimated to be 46,500 people, which depending how you look at it is somewhat equivalent (when multiplied by 3) to the Super Bowl... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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For decades, I have kept Sara Stein’s My Weeds: A Gardner’s Botany (1987) resting on my shelf before finally pulling it out and putting it to good use. When it was first published, the quirky title itself stuck in my mind and I recall book-shopping it a few years later... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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For over a decade I have been visiting Boston to see my older daughter Cynthia which usually includes visits to Boston bookstores, such as Raven Books, the Harvard Book Store and the MIT Press Bookstore. Also in the past, these trips have included visits to various Boston-area landmarks – the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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On my other blog -- a blog of personal musings about books an book culture called The Book Shopper, I have been periodically tracking what people are reading while riding a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority bus or train. I call it -- The MARTA Book Club. For nearly a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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It’s been a year since the last MARTA Book Club posting, which is why you may not remember that the MARTA Book Club is metro Atlanta’s premier transportation book club. Membership is easy. All you need to do is read a book while riding a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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The TransportationCamp South Conference* was held on February 9th on the campus of Georgia Tech University here in Atlanta. I attended so I could mingle among like-minded individuals though I usually don’t say much. This year was an exception because I attended one session hosted by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Regardless of your opinion on whether you believe President Donald Trump should be removed from office ( a recent poll* reports that 87 percent of Americans believe that Mueller report should be made public), it is time for all citizens to bone up on the rules of impeachment. What is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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A couple of headlines from the Sunday, February 10, 2019 edition of The Atlanta Journal Constitution. One is from the front page about the widespread destruction of Georgia's crops during Hurricane Michael caused in part by climate change (though the article doesn't say that, but if you scroll down to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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These months between the final game of the World Series and Opening Day can be long and cold if you don’t prepare properly. Last November, I taped the entire MLB All-Stars (sans All Star pitchers) vs Japan’s Samurai All-Stars in a six game exhibition series, which was played in Tokyo,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at The Book Shopper