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When I read things that interest me, and especially when I read things that interest me but that I find hard to understand, or disagree with, or spark ideas, I write about them, in order to try to understand them, or work out my disagreements, or develop the ideas they trigger. This writing is fragmentary, alluding to earlier readings, ideas, things floating around in my head, and primarily for myself. Occasionally, though, I’ll try to give them a more finished appearance, and then I’ll post them here. The form ranges from nearly-finished essays to quick fragments tossed off in passing. Not, strictly speaking, a “blog,” if we take the etymology seriously (blog < web log < log = daily record, derived from the practice of measuring a ship’s progress by throwing a piece of wood overboard and noting the rate at which it recedes from the stern): not, that is, a regular record, but a sporadic sharing of things I find interesting. But then, most blogs are like that, I guess.

But now, some while after starting this non-blog, I’ve decided to make it more blog-like: more personal, spontaneous, brief, unfinished. I’ve also added a new topic: politics, especially the politics of climate change.

The title, “Book Reading Man,” comes from a song I wrote many years ago, entertaining myself with my harmonica on the way to the library. To the tune of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy”:

I’m goin’ to the library
You know I’ll be right back
If I don’t find the book I want
You’re gonna hear about it, Jack!

Refrain:
Cause I’m a book readin’ man
Read books both night and day
And if I don’t find the book I want
You know I’ll be feeling some kind of low-down way

I went to the library
I was lookin’ for a book
I went up to the shelf
I knew just where to look!

[Refrain]

I went up to the desk
Said I’m a book readin’ man
If you don’t have the book I want
You’re a no good librarian—Marion!

[Refrain]

I got the book I want
I took it back home
I said everybody
Now leave me alone!

Cause I’m a book readin’ man
Read books all the time
And if I find the book I want
You know I’ll be feelin’ fine!

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