A ‘great ideas’ challenge to myself

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Good morning you all.

I hope the sky,

wherever you are is less,


than here in the,

beautiful ugly,

ah November,

the dreaded one.

I have had a wonderful weekend,

time spent with precious friends,




entertainment and even,

a little shopping,

good weekend.

I mentioned a few months ago,

that I would be reading,


a sort of a tribute to my anarchist,

Montaigne having such,


thoughts on friendship.

I downloaded the complete essays,

on my e-reader,

it has proven to be,

a daunting task,


I will not be deterred,

I have found a,

perfect solution,

I think.


On Friendship,

in the Penguin Great Ideas  collection,


a small,

easy to handle,

portion of Montaigne,

about a hundred pages,


it is the essays on friendship,

like I said,


This collection is made up,

of five phases,

I have read a few,


plan to read a few more.

This is what Penguin ‘says’

about this collection:

Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives – and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are.

So, an idea,

came to me.

Why not read,

one a month,

not a big commitment,


will allow me to read some,

quality non-fiction,



is something I don’t read enough of.

These are slim volumes,

can be carried anywhere,

pocket, bag, whatever.

The first on my list,

is the Montaigne,

second: A Room Of One’s Own.

Virginia Woolf,

has been a challenge for me,


I am just not literary enough,

this small essay,

I know I can handle,


more than certainly benefit from.

Perusing the list,

I found there were many,

I had a real interest in reading.

On Solitude-Montaigne

An Apology For Idlers-R.L Stevenson

On The Pleasure Of Hating-Hazlitt

The Jewish State-Herzl.

These will bring me into April 2015,

at the one a month pace.


a place to create,


I believe anyone who knows me,

or reads my blog,

is aware that these,

are important themes to me.

The Hazlitt on hating,



I think Hazlitt an interesting character,


I have an interest in haters,

I am not one,


I know a few.


what is that hip hop expression?

Haters Gonna Hate.

The Jewish State,

because I am fascinated by all things,



I am intrigued to read,


the father of Zionism,

was coming from.

So that is my,

reading project,


one of them for the next few months.

I am still wading through,


an important book,

no doubt,


it is tedious,

definitely a broccoli read


If any of you,

would like to join my in this,


please do,

lots of Great Ideas books to pick from.

Let me know,

guest post?

Why not.

Be well.

Later girls,


***Very sad news, I learned this morning of the passing of Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues shook me to my very core

here is an early blog post in which I describe the experience of reading it :http://bookishbutch.com/?p=157

RIP Leslie***






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Bookish Butch

I am a bookish butch in my very early fifties. I live in Montréal and always have. I used to run a small used bookstore. Reading keeps me sane. My latest jiggie is photography, book project in the works, living the dream

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