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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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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 yesterday 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
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Based on our combined interest of a.) alternative transportation b.) graphic representation of information (as an old Tufte disciple) and c.) the entrepreneurship of creating a different type of book where form follows function (such as Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire), we contributed to the Kickstarter Project called... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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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 Sep 14, 2019 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