Oct 15, 2018


(There is)..."an anecdote about the legendary library of Italian writer Umberto Eco, which contained a jaw-dropping 30,000 volumes.Did Eco actually read all those books? Of course not, but that wasn't the point of surrounding himself with so much potential but as-yet-unrealized knowledge. By providing a constant reminder of all the things he didn't know, Eco's library kept him intellectually hungry and perpetually curious. An ever-growing collection of books you haven't yet read can do the same for you..."

From an article in Inc.com

     We have a library at the house, with hundreds of books. Many of them I have read from cover to cover. Many others I have read....partly.

Part of he home library.
    Some of my reading is professional reading...interviewing authors is part of my job. 
     I abhor seeing someone on TV interview an author, an interviewer who has so obviously not read the book...

       "So tell me why you wrote this book?"
And yet, I do understand.

Some of the volumes in our home library.

No matter how much I am interested in the topic or theme of the book, there is only so much time in any given day. 

I DO read at my desk, but less and less is newspaper reading.
     Could I legitimately sit at my desk and read a book all day, the author of which I am going to interview? Of course. 
    But the reality is there will be other assignments...and it would just feel wrong.
     I am interviewing an Alabama author soon and the book is a gem. But it is also more than 600 pages long, and the best I can do is pick and choose, sample the wonderful writing and hope I will get a feel for the story the author is telling, to ask questions that will motivate the author. We'll see. 

Reading. And NOT Reading.

Oct 13, 2018

I'll be exhibiting my photography at this event. Come say hello?

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Media: Huh?

Why would the race of this murder victim be significant to AL.COM....so much so that it is in the headline. And please--- avoid looking at the "reader" comments!

Hispanic man seriously injured in west Birmingham shooting

Here's the link.

Oct 8, 2018

How About A Voter Quorum Requirement?

     Suppose U.S. Elections required a quorum of voters to take part before the action being decided took place.
     Should the election of people be held to the same requirement?

Got the idea from this story:

Election officials in Romania say too few voters participated in a weekend referendum that sought to put a same-sex marriage ban into the country's constitution, so the vote is void.
The Central Election Bureau reported after polls closed Sunday that 20.41 percent of registered voters cast ballots on the proposed amendment. The referendum needed at least 30 percent turnout to be valid.
The failed amendment would have changed the definition of family in Romania's Constitution to make marriage a union between a man and a woman instead of between "spouses." Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Romania.
Opponents had encouraged voters to boycott the referendum. The Romanian Orthodox Church supported the constitutional revision.