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Monday, 5 January 2009

Bob And Suze

The Weaver Of Grass recently entertained us with a description of the books she'd received as Christmas presents. These were the books we received as gifts in this household:

Barack Obama's 2 books The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream and Dreams From My Father. He dedicates the 1st book To the women who raised me - MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER, TUTU, who's been a rock of stability throughout my life, and MY MOTHER, whose loving spirit sustains me still. On the page before the preface in the 2nd book is this quotation from the Biblical Book of Chronicles: For we are strangers before them, and sojourners, as were all our fathers.

2 books by Oliver James - Affluenza and The Selfish Capitalist. Affluenza has had great reviews and is about how capitalism and consumerism can endanger your mental health.

2 books about iconic country music singer Johnny Cash (I loved the film Walk The Line): Cash: The Autobiography and I Walked The Line: My Life With Johnny, a memoir by Vivian, Cash's 1st wife.

A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir Of Greenwich Village In The Sixties by Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's girlfriend. I think you know I'm going to like this one...

Books aside, my wife also gave me this beautiful Ansel Adams calendar:


Jay said...

Interesting choice of books there!

My Other Half loves Ansel Adams. We have a couple of prints of his in the lounge - the ones that come from the official site. I think they're supposed to be printed from original negs on archive paper or something.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

The Ansel Adams image looks fascinating - I've not looked at his work - must find his site.

I'm still contemplating your Mad Mystic Moments and Dharmakaya Light from yesterday. There's so much in there about spirit of place that I relate to, I couldn't distil my train of thought into a comment-sized bit!

The Solitary Walker said...

These comment-bites can be so restricting, 'tis true.

However, sometimes I think this blogging thing can get us to distil and shape what we really think and believe - without any biullshit nonsense - into some truly worthwhile jewel-like perfections!

Spirit of Place, indeed. It's one of the things I live for - and one of the things I think we human beings value. As I hope my Camino posts may show - to a modest extent.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Love Ansel Adams work. Obama books are on my new year list, although at present I am into buying poetry books to add to my collection.

Anonymous said...

The Barack books are on my list for the new year too! I have read Affluenza - When Too Much is Never Enough by Clive Hamilton. It was interesting, however, Thoreau wrote about Affluenza over 150 years ago, just without today's label.


The Solitary Walker said...

Indeed. Thoreau and all those Transcendentalists remind us there's something more important in life than the getting and spending of money.