Quality books

Phases of Gravity

Phases of Gravity

There is something special about a book, and there is something very special about a quality printed book. The type is dark and sharp and the acid-free paper has a special feel to it. I have a growing library of books that is gradually taking over the house. When I have a choice and can afford the better book, I will always buy the quality choice. I favor books from these four suppliers: Franklin Library (no longer in business), Easton Press, the Folio Society and Subterranean Press. This post was inspired by the receipt yesterday of  Phases of Gravity by Dan Simmons from Subterranean Press. Originally published in 1989, the book was republished in 2011.

It is possible to buy directly from the publishers, except for Franklin Library. However, I also shop for bargains at Amazon and eBay. Just search for the preferred publisher and prepare to be surprised at the results. I particularly enjoy classics like Anthony Trollope and Joseph Conrad from the Folio Society, and Joe Lansdale, Dan Simmons and Cage Baker from Subterranean Press.

Please see Dan Simmons | Trigger

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Presidential trivia

Seal of the President of the United States

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This is the start of a regular feature that will continue as an Aside. I enjoy sharing bits of Presidential trivia.

Thomas Jefferson preferred the written word over the spoken word. He gave only two speeches during his eight years as President, his first and second inaugural addresses.

Teddy Roosevelt was a voracious reader and writer. He read all 47 of Anthony Trollope’s books in one year.

Woodrow Wilson’s first name was Thomas.

U. S. Grant’s first name was Samuel. When he applied to West Point, his first and second names were reversed and he never changed their order. Grant was a close friend of Mark Twain.

LBJ earned the nickname Light Bulb Johnson by turning out the lights in the White House when not in use.

JFK suffered migraine headaches if he did not have a sexual encounter every three to four days.

Jimmy Carter immersed himself in the details of his office. He personally scheduled the use of the White House tennis courts.

Dwight Eisenhower was noted for his sometimes convoluted speech. He did this on purpose to confuse his questioners in the press.

Andrew Johnson was so highly regarded by the voters of his time that he was regarded as a second Andy Jackson.