Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 227/365 Adding An Artist

While wandering the net trying to cleanse my brain of the images left by the afore-mentioned author, I found Rob Gonsalves, the Canadian artist responsible for the above painting Medieval Moonlight.

Thanks to years spent at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, I've developed a love for mystical, Escher-like artists, starting with Randall Spangler (Sanctuary of Knowledge, below....also known as my dream house)

We own several of his large paintings, way more than we have wall space for.

Now I'm hoping to add a Rob Gonsalves to the collection. Maybe this one (Towers of Knowledge -- I think it's a painting of my current livingroom, minus the sunrise):

Must be that time of year - my renaissance roots are showing...

Huzzah! (and I miss you Renfest, big time).

Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 226/365 Removing An Author

Being a bookseller is pretty much a no-brainer as far as how I feel about censorship of any kind.

I don't like it. I don't support it. And whatever book some misguided moralist decides to ban from school shelves - that's the first book I buy my kid to read.

But being a bookseller also means I consciously choose what books to sell and stock. I haven't had a problem up till now - I even sell Mein Kampf, and file it under "those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it".

However,now I find myself having offered for sale books I didn't actually read (not much of a science fiction fan, except for the classics like Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Clifford Simak).

And since I didn't read them, I didn't pay much attention to their author. Enough of his books accumulated on the shelf, so I lotted them up on the shelf where they sat forever and finally sold last week.

I sincerely hope the buyer is a huge fan, and is already aware of the author's personal opinions and convictions, because I would hate to think that they had no idea of what they were getting, and by association thought I endorsed or agreed or even vaguely wanted to be in the same room with those opinions.

Anyone interested in the initial back story can read it here:

I discovered the information here at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (one of my favorite blogs). Initially its a query about a book search, but the comment discussion turns to the author, and leaps off into totally unexpected territory involving politics, religion, and equal rights.

School Library Journal makes it clear that their award to this author “is not for being an idiot in real life..." ( a quote that would probably apply to many award recipients).

All I can say is that one of the most perfect things about owning my own business is choosing what I want to stock. I don't endorse censorship but I also choose not to stock books by authors that make me want to shower after listening to their opinons. I don't tolerate those people in my home, and I don't want them on my bookshelves. If that's censorship, so be it. His books are widely available many other places online or in brick and mortar locations by those readers who agree with him. Just not at Chewybooks, because I have some subjects I don't debate, having already heard the opposing arguments and recognized them for the garbage they are.

I don't even want his name on my blog.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Day 226/365 The Moonshine Capitol Gets An Award

And it's oddly appropriate, although not technically moonshine....

Big thank you to Once I Saw A Dragonfly, our favorite vintage clothing blog.

This sparkling award comes with two rules:

The first is a question: "What do you like the most about your own blog?"

Mostly I like the fact that my daughter can finally read all the family stories she's been asking me to write down, and then finding out that other people enjoy reading it too. From reading their comments, it appears it's not just my family that's crazy.

And the second rule involves sending out this award to 10 other blogs:

Life at the Blue Nymph

Old School

The Homesteading Apartment

The Little Vintage Company

the moon's favors

White Spray Paint

Welcome To My World

All Things Iris

Urban Garden Casual


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Day 225/365 Morning Glory Genocide

First we had the long hot summer. Then we had a series of torrential rainstorms (including the one last Thursday that dumped a tornado on us). The end result was an explosion of plant life (but not the stuff I actually planted-that stuff is deader than roadkill). Above is the path out to my garden. Probably infested with snakes and crickets.

And the side of the house, by the mail box.

And the side of the driveway. There's another foot of pavement hiding under there. If we only had one car, this would be charming. But we have three, two of which need to fit side-by-side, meaning the person parked next to the morning glory bank has to wonder if she's stepping on snakes (that person would be me).

Enter the $15 Halloween prop bought at a yard sale, and sharpened to a fine edge by my daughter. It's a vintage hand scythe, also known as a tobacco knife here in southern Virginia.

It's wicked when swung - cuts through everything, even the thick woody Virginia creeper hiding under the morning glory, and the wall of Paradise trees.

The resulting carnage.

If the rain keeps up, this will be completely covered again in another two weeks.