Monday, July 08, 2002
Here's my Wish List: http://cliff1976.com/bc/BCWish.asp?BCUser=Rampallion (Thanks, cliff1976.) Please note that highlighted wishes have already been fulfilled.
If you want to arrange a swap, please send me a private message. I generally do not trade with BCers outside the U.S. because of high postage costs.
Quotations from what I've been reading lately:
" 'Money's never dirty,' she said, 'nor yet what makes money.' " --Anthony Trollope, Can You Forgive Her?
"Anyone who thinks that male-female hostility was invented in the 1970s never spent time in a beauty parlor in the 1950s." --Stephanie Coontz, Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage
"Baby Pelicans are simply awful. The female Pelican feeds them on predigested fish served in her pouch. When they become too greedy and noisy and generally unbearable, she closes her bill and hits them on the head with it, so that baby Pelicans are always staggering about in a dazed condition, squalling for more fish and getting whammed on the head again. As the force of such blows is hard to judge, little accidents occur from time to time. That's a risk you have to take. Moral: It's a great life, if you like fish."--from How to Attract the Wombat by Will Cuppy
"By the power vested in me, I authorize you to run all these red lights!" --Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, afraid he would be late for oral arguments, talking to his driver shortly after a snowstorm; quoted in The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin (Fellow passenger Justice Kennedy's horrified response: "Nino, you can't do that!")
"The kind of intense commitment and daily work required to develop and promote one's art, one's music, or any creative project is typically impossible for a sociopath. If success can be acquired fortuitously, with only episodic input, then perhaps. But if the art requires a prolonged personal investment, it is lost. In the end, a person without conscience has the same relationship to her own gifts as she does to other people. She does not take care of them." --Martha Stout, Ph.D, The Sociopath Next Door
"He didn't have the freedom to be an individual. All his life he was a symbol, a slot-filler. And Eddie knew it." --Robert Sam Anson, Best Intentions: The Education and Killing of Edmund Perry
"Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria: Born hydrocephalic (with water on the brain), he grew up to be a violent epileptic who could barely sign his own name and was otherwise incapable. His tongue was too big for his mouth—an inherited Habsburg defect—and he found it difficult to string a sentence together. His idea of a good time was to wedge his backside into a wastebasket and roll around the floor in it."
--from Five People Who Died During S e x by Karl Shaw
"People who don't call when they can't come to work probably don't think they're important enough to matter." --Ann Brash, quoted in The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler
"If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you." --Gordon MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
"Nothing works more in a thief's favor than people feeling secure. That's why places that are heavily alarmed and guarded can sometimes be the easiest targets. The single most important factor in security--more than locks, alarms, sensors or armed guards--is attitude. A building protected by nothing more than a cheap combination lock but inhabited by people who are alert and risk-aware is much safer than one with the world's most sophisticated alarm system whose tenants assume they're living in an impregnable fortress.." --Bill Mason, Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief
"I just saved your fucking life, Mom. . . . You could at least offer me an Oreo." --Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
So far I have released books in the United States (Illinois, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington state, Florida, Minnesota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Alaska, New York, Michigan, West Virginia, Hawaii, Oklahoma, California, Alabama, Georgia, and South Dakota), Canada (Ontario and Québec), England (Sheffield and Hull), Australia (Victoria and New South Wales), and Germany.
Thanks to my fellow BookCrossers, books that used to be mine have traveled as far as England, Italy, Germany, Russia, Cambodia, Portugal, Belize, Jamaica, the United Arab Emirates, China, Australia, Fiji, and Sri Lanka. I have many, many more books waiting to be freed!