Bookmark Curiosities

There are many interesting concepts in books but many times we go over them without stopping to look them up.
Bookmark Curiosities explores these great finds a little further.

From Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra's is such a fantastic book. It is the story of Clay, a web designer in San Francisco who starts working for this bizarre book shop / library. It mashes an old story of a secret society that started 500 years ago with the recent developments of Google and how new technology and old knowledge can merge.

There are so many things to explore in this book, but I chose The Accession Table just because I liked the idea. And I wondered how museums actually track what they own and what is in the inventory of other museums. [more]

From The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon

The Crying of Lot 49" is the second book of Thomas Pynchon and the one that first-time Pynchon readers (aka me) often choose to start. This is short book but it is not an easy ready because Pynchon is the master of trickery. He uses a lot of science references - alongside punning names and song lyrics - and in this book the Maxwell's Demon explains a lot about Oedipa's own quest to sort information and define its own reality. [more]

From Home, Marilynne Robinson

Emmett was was outside a grocery store in Mississippi with his cousin and friends, bragging that he had a white girlfriend in his hometown (probably as a joke, he liked to make people laugh). His cousin and friends doubted him, and dared him to ask the white lady, who was behind the counter inside the store, on a date.

Emmett entered the store, bought some candy, and said "Bye, baby" to the lady.

What happened next is unbelievably horrid and macabre. [more]

From Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo

This is the first time I've heard of Feminist Separatist Communities. In Wikipedia it is listed as "Womyn's Land", an "intentional community organised by lesbian separatists to establish counter-cultural, women-centred space, without the presence of men." [more]

From Olive Kitterigde, Elizabeth Strout

"Firearms were often used in male (58.1%) and female (31.2%) suicides.", this is from a study supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and use data from USA from 2003 to 2006 (link below).

More than 30% is actually not a small number, but it is correct to say it is more usual for men than for women to use a gun to commit suicide. [more]

From Recursion, Blake Crouch

Our minds perceives the past, present and future. Meaning, our mind constructs and interprets the past, present and future to create our reality.

Every time we experience something, our mind collects bits of information from our five senses and our past experiences and processes them to create a narrative. [more]