Saturday, January 29, 2011

And today the book gods smiled upon me

After randomly being overtaken with the urge to stop by the discount book store at the public library today, I left with:

East of Eden (pb) by John Steinbeck for 1/2 dollar.
The Trial of Socrates (hc) by I.F. Stone for 1 dollar.
The Name of the Rose (hc) by Umberto Eco for 1 dollar.

I was extremely pleased to find a copy of The Trial of Socrates, which I have been meaning to read for a number of years now, inspired both by the kind words Paul Woodruff had for the author in First Democracy (I was very impressed to hear that Stone taught himself ancient Greek specifically for the purpose of doing research for the book) and by Stone's pioneering work as a journalist and proto-blogger.

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