Monday, June 16, 2008

herbert, ira, dan, herodotus

Read lately: There's an Old Southern Saying . . . The Wit and Wisdom of Dan May (1993 Crabby Keys Press) compiled by Dan's grandson William May Stern. This book is a gem. It defines an individual whose civic life transcended party politics and helped me understand my own views. The Histories by Herodotus, translated by Aubrey de Selincourt (Penguin 1954). Written mostly contemporaneously about/with the Greco-Persian conflicts of the 4th century B.C., this is an easy, often side-splitting book! Then there is Birds, a Guide to the Most Familiar American Birds by Herbert Kim and Ira Gabrielson (1956 Golden Press). I'm also reading/rereading many books on typography.