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Egypt Of The Pharaohs (03 Oct 2002)

Receiving this message was as unlikely as finding a message in a bottle from someone you know -- unless you stuck on a desert island with them. A couple years ago, I picked up a used copy of Sir Alan Gardiner's book, Egypt Of The Pharaohs. There was an inscription on the inside cover, including the former owner's name -- Aeron Rowland.

Ms. Rowland writes:

I can't believe I found my name on the Internet. I was plugging in various names as I want to arrive at a possible pseudonym for my writing. You see, people keep thinking I am a man, but Aeron is a Welsh spelling and a woman's name. Anyway, I put my name in as a lark and came up with your publication and discovered that you bought a book of mine I sold a few years ago before a major move!!!!

Glad you were happy with your purchase. I got Egypt of the Pharaohs years ago from a friend of mine who was then working for Oxford University Press here in Toronto.

These kind of connections are what I love about the Internet.
All the best to you....

The Portable Beat Reader (06 Apr 2002)

One day I had a sudden craving to read Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl". $23 later, I did just that.

Akhenaten: The Heretic King (06 Apr 2002)

I figured that as I was going to see the "Pharaohs Of The Sun" show at the Chicago Institute of Art, it would be a good thing to read something about Akenaten.


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The Portable Beat Reader

06 Apr 2002

Who: Beat writers, man. Ann Charters, ed.

What: The Portable Beat Reader

Where: Wordsworth Books, Waterloo

When: 20 June 2000

Why: One day I had a sudden craving to read Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl". $23 later, I did just that. And now, "I have seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, staving, hysterical, naked, [etc, etc, etc]"

By far the best thing I have read out of it is "The Screamers" by Amiri Bakara, a short story about wild dance party. It's the sort of thing that makes you want to get up from your chair at whatever restaurant you're reading this, go over to the next table, and say: "Hey: listen to this," and start reading.

The book itself is printed on porous newsprint which I think would completely dissolve if left out in the rain for a couple of hours. So don't do that.


Akhenaten: The Heretic King

06 Apr 2002

Who: Donald Redford

What: Akhenaten: The Heretic King

Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

When: Late July 2000

Why: Maybe I just wanted to make a donation to the museum. Never buy books at the ROM's gift shop unless you're absolutely sure you're willing to pay what they ask. If you are, that fine. If not, then walk on by. The markup on this (quite good) volume was no less than 50%.

What made me buy it? A bunch of things. I knew Redford used to work at the University of Toronto, but has now moved to the States. This makes him a "local boy" of sorts, and therefore deserving of my support. I was also going to see the "Pharaohs Of The Sun" show in Chicago, and thought a bit of background reading might be in order.

The book is like a dry white wine. Have a dictionary at your side while reading.

Quite properly, there is no picture of the Narmer palette.


Previous articles:

Romer's Egypt (06 Apr 2002)
The Splendour That Was Egypt (06 Apr 2002)
Thebes In Egypt (06 Apr 2002)
Without Stopping (06 Apr 2002)
The Complete Valley Of The Kings (06 Apr 2002)
Egyptian Legends And Stories (06 Apr 2002)
Egyptian Treasures From The Egyptian Museum In Cairo (06 Apr 2002)
Egypt Of The Pharaohs (06 Apr 2002)
Flinders Petrie (06 Apr 2002)
The Histories (06 Apr 2002)
The Mummy's Tale (06 Apr 2002)
Mysteries Of The Mummies (06 Apr 2002)
The Nation's Favourite Twentieth Century Poems (06 Apr 2002)
Buckwild Doonesbury (06 Apr 2002)
Open Here (06 Apr 2002)
Books Charter (06 Apr 2002)
Pharaohs of the Sun: Akenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen (06 Apr 2002)