Ex Libris Kirkland

Ex Libris Kirkland is my self-centered way to keep track of what I read, what I like, and what I want to remember.


Recently Quoted

  • Odysseus scanned his property for survivors
    who might be hiding to escape destruction.
    He saw them fallen, all of them, so many,
    lying in blood and dust, like fish hauled up
    out of the dark-gray sea in fine-mesh nets.
    All tipped out on the curving beach's sand
    They gasp for water from the salty sea.
    The sun shines down and takes their life away.
    So lay the suitors, piled up on each other.

    an excerpt from The Odyssey, written by Homer Homer in -800

  • Tell me about a complicated man.
    Muse, tell me how he wandered and was lost
    when he had wrecked the holy town of Troy,
    and where he went, and who he met, the pain
    he suffered in the storms at sea, and how
    he worked to save his life and bring his men
    back home. He failed to keep them safe; poor fools,
    they ate the Sun God’s cattle, and the god
    kept them from home.

    an excerpt from The Odyssey, written by Homer Homer in -800

  • [June 14, 1805. Lewis] ... It now seemed to me that all the beasts of the neighborhood had made a league to destroy me, or that some fortune was disposed to amuse herself at my expense.

    an excerpt from The Journals of Lewis and Clark, written by Merriweather Lewis in 1804

Recently Noted

  • This new translation got a lot press this year, and appropriately. It's great - really makes the text feel fresh and exciting, without fake-modernizing it. Really delightful. Wilson's notes are also fascinating, and she's been doing a great set of threads on twitter too outlining some of her translation choices.

    an note about The Odyssey, written by Homer Homer in -800

  • Also! I have two very good friends named Lewis and Clark, and it was unavoidable - and hilarious - to compare them.

    an note about The Journals of Lewis and Clark, written by Merriweather Lewis in 1804

  • This was really fun! Big praise is due to the editor, who took Lewis & Clark's dozens of volumes of journals and edited them down to 500 pages of action and drama. For a kid who grew up in St. Louis, I heard a lot about L&C. We studied them in school, but there are eponymous things all around, too. Parks, apartments, heck - the Arch itself is the Jefferson National Expansion memorial.

    But the book was thrilling, if you spent the time actually imagining what they went through: uncharted territory, shaky truces with Native Americans, discoveries of all kinds of plants and animals (including a ton of run-ins with GRIZZLIES.) This was the sort of book that every ten pages I had to turn to Erika and say, "Did you know..."

    an note about The Journals of Lewis and Clark, written by Merriweather Lewis in 1804

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