May 27 - Hornby "free store"

I lifted a few books today from the capacious shelves of the Hornby Island free store, conveniently located at the island's fiercely communal recycling centre (complete with $30,000 outhouse, I kid you not). Two will be left at the B&B:
  • Randy Ray & Mark Kearney, The Great Canadian Trivia Book 2
  • Gordon Payne, Against Architecture: An Installation (it deserves to stay, since this artist lives on Hornby)
The other four will go home with me:
  • Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
  • Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
  • Patrick Suskind, Perfume
  • ed. Ian Katz, The Guardian Year, 2001
The Guardian volume contains some powerful and thoughtful essays responding to 9/11, among other valued things. How can one volume contain Ian McEwan on 9/11, published on 9/13/01; Salman Rushdie on reality TV; Jeanette Winterson on the mass-marketing of pornography; and Richard Dawkins on the death of Douglas Adams?


fiona-h said…
i love that R.D. essay - made me cry.
richard said…
It's gorgeous, really. I hadn't seen it before, but it gives me new respect and appreciation for Dawkins' writing. McEwan's a good novelist (I hear - but I've only read Amsterdam and wasn't excited), but he's an excellent columnist.
fiona-h said…
yes - he's good. Give "Atonement" a try
fiona-h said…
let me know if you have any more trouble posting comments

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