Independent bookstores, like people, have their own personalities. That's why I prefer these stores to the cavernous and cold Barnes and Nobles of the world. Going to a new indie bookstore is like making a new friend. And I made two recently in Washington, DC.
I'm currently reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by the recently deceased writer, Robert M. Pirsig. It's a mind-blowing philosophical journey exploring classical vs romantic understanding. And, of course, such a book has made me start thinking about my own bookish questions...
In high school, although I was loathe to admit it to friends, I loved English class. Outwardly I complained like everyone else about the 'boring' books the teachers put on the reading lists. Inwardly I loved them.
Amelia Earhart is one of those people in history you never forget. She was the first female aviator to try to circumnavigate the globe. She was a pioneer, role model, a legend. She's also at the center of a great mystery, one that is still making headlines today. It's the kind of story books are made of.
It's getting close to 4th of July and, in the US, that means it's time for the yearly summer celebration of Independence. Of course, it's not just a day. No, no. America sort of invented over-the-top, consumer-filled celebrations...It must be a whole weekend. A whole weekend in which you might find some time to read.
Fun and books may be around any corner, if you pay attention. Or if you just follow someone into a strange place.