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review 2017-11-18 05:40
Idiomantics: The weird world of popular phrases
Idiomantics: The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases - Peter Lewis,Philip Gooden

If you're at all interested in those phrases every language has that don't translate exactly, like "the buck stops here" or one of my personal favourites: "as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs" this might be a book you'd enjoy.  It's a glossary, of sorts, categorising different idioms of the world - subjectively chosen by the authors - by varying subjects: food, national identity, animals, etc.  Each entry is translated to English, explained and a brief history of its origins discussed, if the origins are known.


A great book to pick up periodically, or used as a reference.

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review 2017-11-12 11:30
The Holy Book of Blake: "The Poetic Image" by Cecil Day-Lewis
The Poetic Image - Cecil Day Lewis

Word of Warning: What you're about to read might not make much sense if you don't have read the book. Read at your own peril...



Perhaps what Blake also represents to me is the “thou” in performance, on a threshold over which lay different spacial awareness, new, thee in triplicate state, digital long haul through double-number's realm - restoring boring patter to the even lie that led to this.






I cannot go on for very much longer, because Carol's shelf-life, at the bottom of a reject-pile, thee's words, alert the authorities to one's 'undercover' performance as thine own Songs of Experience and Failure, 'shit', you know how it is. Blake here, he did you feel injustice because it is all there?


Anonymity, rejection, failure. It's all you knew and experienced, as a prophet: not only unrecognised by the community in your own land of 'Albion', as their Prophet; but also viewed with bafflement, indifference, disconnection, de-friend quality in personal dealings with your fellow bards, more or less, wholly inconsequential; you have, like, 'zero' effect you, in Albion thine of a too, too soppy mug, sceptic tank, this beach, this hut, this sea, this dump, this fecking Portugal’s greater glory, God and Lady AD's words, offering tokens of animal sacrifice and conditions on a toilet by the lake where.



If you're into Poetry and Blake in particular, read on.

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review 2017-11-08 14:49
The Nights Before Christmas (Heat #6) - Vicki Lewis Thompson

Hero was a little too beta for me I think. There's something to be said for a guy who stakes his claim as opposed to one who, at the first hint of competition, tucks his tail and runs.

So our h, ego crushed by a self-absorbed arsehole, gets dragged to the gym by a friend who also lives at the apartment complex (this was something I was puzzled by - the apartments all seemed to be occupied by single professional women, so how did it work that the arsehole lived with her?). The friend suggests she needs a rebound guy and suggests the apartment handyman, who has apparently been providing a much needed ego boost for various women there.


The handyman - our H - plays amateur psychologist. He is unaware of how much they've blown his reputation out of proportion. He has a crush on the h but figures she wouldn't want a real relationship with a janitor. So...when she develops a leak (err...the plumbing in the apartment; not her personally), he assumes she wants to cry on his shoulders like all the other women.


Of course, she wants more (because she's under the impression he provides more) so works up her courage to stalk him to his apartment. Their connection lasts...an undetermined length of time - maybe a week? She more or less spends the night with him, goes back to her apartment, and finds the arsehole there (because she never demanded her key back. She should have had the locks changed instead, anyway). H goes up there to check on her, and finds him, misreads the situation, does not bother to ask further, and practices avoidance for the next week? Two weeks? Oh come on; he lives in the basement. He's the handyman. What was he doing; cowering under his bed?


Eventually, she does manage to contact him, and he does come to her apartment, but he doesn't want to listen - he's decided she's gotten back with the arsehole, or at the very least, she's gotten over the arsehole. Somehow, she gets through to him and the epilogue has her informing him he's going to be a father.

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review 2017-11-08 09:18
Review: March Volume 3 by Rep John Lewis et al
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis

The final book in the March trilogy takes on the Selma march as the main plotline, but also shows how the differing CRM groups had conflicting agendas and intra-fighting led Lewis away from SNCC and towards working with all the groups. He also takes on the bombing of the church that killed four young girls, the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and Malcolm X along with a trip to Africa to speak with activists working for their respective countries' independence from colonial rule. There is a lot of history, both personal and country, packed in this book.


I think LBJ gets a little too much credit for the signing of the Civil Rights legislation, and the story from Rep John Lewis about how that legislation came about shows the shrewd back room manipulations that are very familiar to modern readers.


I don't know how to explain it, but this series made history come alive in a way I just couldn't get from history textbooks or documentaries - those resources look at the Civil Rights Movement era in such clinical terms and dates/places. Rep John Lewis' story focused on the people and their work, setbacks and victories that make them relatable to modern readers and activists.


Highly recommend.

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review 2017-11-06 15:56
Footprints in Oklahoma
Footprints in the Dew, Damon "Chub" Anderson and the unsolved Mullendore Murder - Dale R. Lewis

I loved this book! It was a great look at another crime in northeastern Oklahoma and a great local read companion to "Killers of the Flower Moon."
This is truly the story of Chub Anderson, outlaw and roughneck, and his wild life. The whole book centers around the E.C. Mulledore III's murder in 1970. However, there is so much more to Chub's life and your drawn into this wild ride of guns, drugs, hiding from the cops, and eventually Chub's last days.
Recommend for true crime buffs and Oklahoma history readers.

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