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  1. John Herreid

    An Elegy for the Used Book Store

    March 18, 2016 12:44 pm 5 Comments

    “The used book store, unlike the catalogue or even the library, puts us in a place where we can come across and buy some unsuspected title that turns out to get at the essence of what is.” —James V. Schall, S.J., Another Sort of Learning “We are all coming to… Read more »

    Tags: bookstores reading used books

  2. John Herreid

    Novels for Lent

    February 12, 2016 6:04 pm 7 Comments

    Many years ago, I came across a list of suggested disciplines to embrace during Lent. One of the things suggested was to refrain from reading novels during the forty days of Lent. It’s a discipline that I’m happy to say I have never engaged in. In fact, novels and fiction… Read more »

    Tags: Fiorella de Maria Harry Sylvester James Casper lent Michael O'Brien reading T.M. Doran

  3. John Herreid

    Reading On a BART Train

    September 10, 2015 11:15 pm Leave a Comment

    I recently found out that I am a “super commuter”, a term which sounds as if it should be referring to a superhero with the power to clear up traffic jams or remove odors from a bus or to perform some other such unrealistic miracle. However, it just means someone… Read more »

    Tags: musings public transit reading

  4. Dorothy Cummings McLean

    A Wifing Housewrite

    July 30, 2014 12:38 pm Leave a Comment

    Lately I’ve been reading nothing except Polish in Four Weeks by Marzena Kowalska, A Pocket Full of Rye by Dame Agatha Christie and, above all, Home Comforts: the Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson.  And I’ve been doing little except housework because when I consulted the Great Cheryl… Read more »

    Tags: Agatha Christie Alice Thomas Ellis Catholic literature Cheryl Mendelson conferences festivals Marzena Kowalska reading reviews Scotland

  5. John Herreid

    Enthusiasm Sells Books

    April 14, 2014 12:23 pm 4 Comments

    Working at a small publisher means wearing many hats. When asked by others what I do for a living I usually say, “I’m a graphic designer”. If I’m asked for a job description when filling out forms I usually put “catalog manager.” The reality is that I design book and… Read more »

    Tags: books promotion reading

  6. John Herreid

    It’s Okay NOT to Like Something

    February 21, 2014 10:26 am 6 Comments

    “He offended me with his terrible taste!” —Barry in the film High Fidelity You probably know the scenario. Somebody sent you a link to an upcoming movie or TV series. “We NEED to support projects like this!” Or somebody passed along a Catholic novel to you. “We need to support… Read more »

    Tags: art literature reading

  7. John Herreid

    A quote from an insanitary novel

    February 10, 2014 4:07 pm Leave a Comment

    “Nothing is a masterpiece—a real masterpiece—till it’s about two hundred years old… Look at Christianity. Just a lot of floating seeds to start with, all sorts of seeds. It was a long time before one of them grew into a tree big enough to kill the rest and keep the… Read more »

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  8. John Herreid

    Starting the Habit: Children and Reading

    February 5, 2014 11:36 am 7 Comments

    Last night we escaped the clutches of giant spiders in Mirkwood. My kids, aged six, five, and three, all began to run around the room shouting about spiders and elves. I shut our copy of The Hobbit and set it back on the shelf for next time. Since the kids… Read more »

    Tags: children education reading