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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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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 6 days ago at Destination: Books
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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"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
The undeniable fact that a person living in the United States puts 16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere combined with the folk classic "Sixteen Tons" has inspired this parody. I wrote these lyrics with some very helpful tweaks from my longtime friend, the composer James... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Are you one of those people can’t seem to get rid of a bookmark – as if it were some significant memento of a reading or bookstore experience? Maybe the only time you get rid of a bookmark is when you lose it. For those who may have lost their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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Usually Major League Baseball’s hot stove league is reserved for a few stories about free agents signings and time to catch up on baseball books to pass the time until Opening Day. This year there is no winter snoozing with the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox scandals about using... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at The Book Shopper
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A few things I have been reading lately seemed relevant: Barely Maps Back in September, I mentioned that Down & Outbound became a Kickstarter supporter for a book project by Peter Gorman entitled Barely Maps. The project is a personal account of the cyclist and graphic designer's 11,000 mile bike... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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On my companion blog Down & Outbound, I posted a note last fall about my contribution to a Kickstarter project entitled Barely Maps. The project is a personal account of cyclist and graphic designer Peter Gorman's 11,000 mile bike trip across the United States and southern Canada. A signed copy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at The Book Shopper
I first heard about Astra Taylor when she was interviewed in Sun Magazine's November issue. I am about 2/3 of the way thru Democracy May Not Exist. It is a little bit all over the place, but chunks are insightful and thought-provoking. Savage War is DENSE so I get the rereading part. I really like Horne and was most impressed the decades of work he put into writing and updating the book. I liked his books about Verdun and key globe-shaping battles of the 20th Centuries including the Battle of Moscow, which featured as much Russia-German carnage at Stalingrad. Good hearing from you, traveler.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2019 on Best Books Read 2019 at The Book Shopper
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Instead of focusing on the best books published in 2019, my tradition has been to revisit the books I read in 2019 and ruminate about them to see if any theme emerges, no matter if it’s a stretch. A complete list of what has been read is on the sidebar... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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Destination: Books has an online portal on Alibris at destination.alibrisstore.com. Books that have been recently added are listed on this site's sidebar. Because of the COVID-19 virus we are currently suspending processing orders. A complete list of offerings with further commentary can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Destination: Books
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Scandinavian X-stitch #1900 by https://www.instagram.com/stories/bonnybeedesigns/ Yes, ‘tis the season to book shop, but this posting is more than a shopping guide – it is a partial shout out to those booksellers that have supported the blog and related ventures in the past. All three are having holiday sales. Two are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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Two-year old Myrick Poore (my grandson) is working daily on solutions to transportation problems in his living room lab. The first one deals with the problem of how can buses be better used to combat traffic congestion that would appeal to those who cannot give up their cars. His second... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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A short write-up of Antony Beevor’s The Fall of Berlin 1945 (2002) appears on my “companion” blog Down and Outbound which is another interest of mine -- an irreverent look at related transportation topics. In the posting “European Transportation Observations: Part 2” there is a footnote entitled “Panzerfaust”, (a reference... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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After spending four weeks in Europe using public transportation, trains and my own two feet to get around in Venice, Prague, Berlin and Ljubljana I pulled together random thoughts about those experiences. In Part 1, I wrote about Italy and Prague now in Part 2, I am adding some anecdotal... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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From Where I Stand, Jerushia Graham If you blog long enough sometimes the people and things you write about reappear. Such has been the case recently where I have reacquainted myself with the works of writers and artists with whom I have crossed paths before. Cut & Paste: Works of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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After spending four weeks in Europe using public transportation to get around Venice and several nearby cities, Prague, Berlin and Ljubljana (Slovenia) I pulled together some random thoughts about those experiences that are anecdotal in nature. I begin with Italy and Prague in Part 1 and then move to Berlin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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After almost four weeks of traveling in Europe, which included visits to Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovenia, I am still processing the bookish aspect of this once-in-a-lifetime trip to countries I had only read about. I did not deep-dive into every bookstore since there were a lot of them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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Remember the old links type pages, where people accumulated URLs of places they visited. You still see them around with a lot of dead links. I actually curate this one that resides on the main thebookshopper.org home page. It has an Atlanta flavor and I've recently added a few new... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at The Book Shopper
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No, this isn’t a picture of a bookish me relaxing in my living room, rather I am volunteering at the Book as Art 7.0 exhibit at Decatur Public Library’s Periodical Room. Most of the time, I just walk through exhibits such as this, but this time I spent the whole... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at The Book Shopper