Category Archives: Books

A Handful of Sarcochilus Orchids

This morning I see that a number of my Sarcochilus from AON are in flower so I brought the smaller ones inside for a photo shoot. Here is the lineup outside: And here is the ‘handful’ inside: These are the … Continue reading

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Too Many Books, Too Little Time

…and too little time left, I should add. I have too many books.  When friends suggest I go to the library, I ask: how would authors eat?  Of course it’s not that I worry about starving writers; it was an excuse.  Maybe, it’s because I … Continue reading

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Food Notes from a Qing Dynasty Scholar

Recently I acquired a book of notations on food by a Qing Dynasty scholar, Yuan Mu (袁牧 1716 -1797). I love food but I have not written much about it.  I get distracted; being interested in too many things.  My urban … Continue reading

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“My God, to read without joy is stupid”

In an introduction to the novel ‘Stoner’ by John Williams, John McGahern wrote that the author had said to his interviewer, Brian Wooley, ‘…My God, to read without joy is stupid’. There are reasons why I habitually skip the introduction … Continue reading

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