Tuesday, March 29, 2005

A week gone by

Started on the Evangeline Walton welsh stories. Now that I've seen them I'm not sure why they were published separately, they're none too long. All four together might make a hefty tome, and fit right in with such things as The Once and Future King and the single volume versions of the Lord of the Rings.

Otherwise I've been trying to catch up on my New Yorkers. About four weeks behind right now. The advantage to that is that when I finish one and start the next I understand the letters to the editor much better than if it had been a week since I read the magazine.

Lanternguy is still studying his American Clocks and Clockmakers. The Seth Thomas Ogee clock is back from the repairman and seems to have sufficient internal evidence to support a circa 1850 date. Previous repair dates of 1909 and 1940 were noted inside the case.

Son and heir has started a blog for his new puppy at Xanga.com/Gryff. Such a cutie!

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Eudora Welty

Quick read last night, The Optimist's Daughter. Welty shares that evocative texture of writing with Faulkner and Wolfe, but seems more concise and spare in her treatment. I have a volume of her collected stories on the to-be-read pile.

Finished the Wheels of Commerce, now the decision is whether to start volume three or polish off some lighter reading. Three may actually be the most approachable since it is the survey of world history--which reminds me of such favorites as H.G. Wells Outline of History and the works of Hendrik van Loon.

Son and heir bought a corgi last week and is considering names. In research on Welsh names I discovered that there is a four volume set by Evangeline Walton based on The Mabinogen Cycle.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Thackery wrap up

Finished the Hoggarty Diamond. A cautionary tale, warning against the evils of depending on speculation and the expectations of inheritance to make your fortune. Angelic love interest and sickly infant who dies promptly.

I've also discovered that Stewart Edward White, whom I've always thought of as a writer of western and outdoor themes, has a vein of books dealing with spiritualism. Just thought that was interesting.

Picked up a group of Misty of Chincoteague books from Wilson Book Research. Brings back fond memories of all the Marguerite Henry books I read. I never did get my son interested in those. As a matter of fact the other evening we were looking for his Lloyd Alexander books and ran across a set of the Mary O'Hara Flicka books and his only comment was that they were depressing. We never did find the Chronicles of Prydain we were looking for, I wonder where I've filed them?

Saturday, March 12, 2005


Finished Barry Lyndon and since The Great Hoggarty Diamond was in the same volume I've moved on to it. When you haven't read them for a while it's easy to forget how much fun the stories the victorian novelists like Dickens and Thackery were.

Still working on the Braudel as well, but haven't spent too much time there this week. Just getting through the New Yorker is a challenge most weeks, and I think I have about three issues backed up there. I also picked up some Booth Tarkington titles on Ebay lately that I wanted to read before I put them into inventory.

Lanternguy is looking through a history of American clockmakers that I picked up in a box of books at a local auction. He took an ogee shelf clock to a local repairman who told him it was a Gilbert Thomas clock, but we can't seem to find that name listed anywhere. He's not given as one of the Seth Thomas sons, and there is another Gilbert clock company.