Category Archives: #ShelfieProject

Unbalancing Act: Helen Oyeyemi’s what is not yours is not yours

Another in a series of essays about serendipitous discovery and reading. I’ve never been lost in Prague because while I’m there I’m too conscious of myself and my poor sense of direction to forget where I am for even a … Continue reading

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Is Tom McCarthy ‘a Kafka for the Google Age’?

Another entry in my Shelfie Project: Still in Prague and looking for something new to read, I saw Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island among the English language books at Palac Neoluxor bookstore on Wenceslas Square. I was curious about the accuracy … Continue reading

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Vanitas in Prague – and a Caveat

While in Prague I’m constantly aware that this urban landscape is hostile to the aging body. The pavement is uneven, there are lots of steep steps, and the cobblestone streets give ample reason to fear falling down. When I’m here … Continue reading

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Creation vs. Curation and The Birds of Kafka

Here’s the next Prague-based entry in my #ShelfieProject: In my pursuit of serendipitous discovery, I again went into a Prague antikvariat and looked at the few English-language books on offer. The pasteboard cover of How to Recognise British Wild Birds, … Continue reading

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“The Food of Angels” and “A Hunger Artist”

Here’s a new entry in my #ShelfieProject: On my second day in Prague this year, I found Marina Warner’s collection of short stories, The Mermaids in the Basement, among some English-language books in an antikvariat. When this book was published … Continue reading

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My New #ShelfieProject

I enjoy learning in a nonlinear fashion — tracking knowledge like a detective following a lead — and while the internet has greatly facilitated this process, I find that the world of print materials is often my best inspiration. So … Continue reading

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