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Musings of a Book Addict

I'm married to a scavenger of sorts and he often totes home rescued boxes of books that I paw through with shiny, hungry eyes. I pull out the odd and interesting and add them to my teetering stack.

Currently reading

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
E.B. White: A Biography
Scott Elledge
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
Cheri Huber, June Shiver
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thích Nhất Hạnh
No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain
The Snare of the Hunter
Helen MacInnes
Paintings of Henry Miller
Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell
Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul
Robert Moss
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Lillian Hellman

Superstition and the superstitious

Superstition and the superstitious - Eric Maple I picked this up at a great used bookstore near Pioneertown, CA. Published in 1972 and written by Eric Maple, a "pioneer in the field of demonology," this book has tremendous detail in describing every single superstition known to Western European culture. While this exhaustive, informative book is fascinating, it's really the pictures that are worth taking a gander at. All the images seem to have been taken in the late 60's and there is an odd surreal quality to them that is totally mesmerizing. As to the information, I kind of skipped through and read the sections that interested me most, which related to ancient witch craft and "the old ways." I was also struck with the fact that, in our technological age, we aren't really all that superstitious anymore - although I still toss salt over my left shoulder when it spills...