dream 1249447

Had a really tedious, detailed dream last night about Robert Caro's system for doing research for his multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson. Other than a piece in the New Yorker and maybe hearing him on NPR once, I have never read or even looked at these books. According to my dream, Caro assigned a number to each bit of information he wrote in his notebooks. So, the color of the necktie that LBJ was wearing on, say, April 16, 1965, was noted and then this note was labeled 1249448, and then who LBJ met with that morning was noted and labeled as 1249449, and the next thing he did that day was 1249450, and so on. I don't understand how this system was supposed to help him write his biographies, but I watched Caro doing this for what seemed like hours, and then I woke up. Thanks, brain.



Wild Animals I Have Known

I was looking for some good scans of Wild Animals I Have Known on the web, but the only one I could find wasn't very good, so I started scanning my copy and will be putting those here. I only have a few up now, but I'll let you know when there's more. (If you know of some good scans online please let me know.) This is a pretty great comic book drawn by LB Cole, and the inks still look great in my copy. There's something lost in the scans, though, because the way the dot patterns look on the screen doesn't match the way they look on the paper, but these scans look better than others I could find.

When I post more pages, I'll let you know.

If you scroll all the way to the right there's a "NEXT" in the bottom right corner that will take you to the next set of pages. And I could just post the links here:

1     2     3     4     5     6     7

Also, if the pages are too big on your screen, you can hold down "command" and press "-" (minus sign) (on a Mac) until you're happy, or hold down "CTRL" and press "-" (on a PC (I think?)). Doing the same with the plus sign will make them bigger.



Used - Acceptable

Here's the cover of the copy of my book that I downloaded off Rapidshare. Thanks to the original uploader. When I see an old, beat up copy of Curses I usually think it looks pretty good, like, as an "object" or whatever, and I'm happy the design turned out that way. I was just in the Elmhurst Library (IL) the other and they had a really kicked around copy. Man, that is a nice library.