August 23 - Hornby Island free store

Bless 'em, the hardcore islanders who set up the free store and recycling centre, as well as the cheerful tourists who keep using it so keenly. And more to the point today, bless those who threw out and/or donated the following:
  • David Arnason, The Circus Performers' Bar ("a hilarious, compassionate look at male neo-consciousness taking shape in the western world," according to the rear cover, but I'm not sure what that means, and it's been a long time since this book's 1984 publication...)
  • George Berkeley, A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (in which Berkeley forcefully answers in the negative as to whether a tree falling in the forest with no one to listen makes any noise)
  • Theodora E. Colborn et al., Great Lakes, Great Legacy? (a joint publication of the US group The Conservation Foundation and from Canada the Institute for Research on Public Policy: 1990, but probably still urgent)
  • Joan MacLeod,  2000 (Canadian drama, a genre about which I'm mostly and ashamedly ignorant, about "the notion of the wild invading the city and the city invading the wild," with a very nice first scene)
  • North & Thomas, The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History (have I not mentioned what a geek I am?)
  • Philip Sykes, Sellout: The Giveaway of Canada's Energy Resources (1973, so it's very badly dated, but I've got others on similar topics from the same period, so I'll happily add it to my very dustiest shelf).
As well as Jamie Dopp's The Birdhouse, Or, which I gave to my brother-in-law as some Very Readable Contemporary Poetry. I already have my own copy of this excellent book, and I recommend that you get your own.


Anonymous said…
I think Berkeley goes further still in the Principles- if there is no-one there at all then there is no tree falling in the woods (or indeed any woods), since esse est percipi.
richard said…
Yes, Berkeley does go as far as that - but as a convenient summary, I thought that bit worked ok :-) I haven't read the Principles in a number of years, so I'm looking forward to rereading them.
Mr. Kite said…
Holy cow, not a single pulp fiction in the lot! You have some mighty well-read, literate people discarding/donating books up there.
richard said…
Well, I'm pretty picky, Mr. K - if you like, I could pick you up some pulp next time I'm there :-)

But Hornby is a special place. Full of green people, both young New Hippies and middle-aged Former Hippies. Their free store is a wonderful thing, a sign for me that the world might figure out how to survive in the end after all.

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