July 21st, 2020

he regards Scripture as a mystical map of how to be conformed to Christ

It is 11:18 AM Tuesday late morning. It is a warm gray cloudy day. I am expecting to see sunshine by this afternoon. At least it is not burning hot this morning. Last night it was 80 degrees inside the house and I decided to sleep down in the lower level where it was cooler instead of sleeping in our bedroom which felt like a baker's oven. Carol is cold blooded so she is never warm. I am always warm. I have hot blood streaming this fat old man's body. Just call me a hot fatso.

I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. When I came up out of the lower depths I found Carol sitting in her usual place reading her ESV Bible. I noticed she had not made coffee, but had drank the coffee made last night. So I made a fresh pot of coffee and then got myself a glass of cold water and sat in our living room chair so as to slowly wake up to another day. I know am going to die.

After I woke up somewhat I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary. Next I read from Calvin's 'Institutes of the Christian Religion' Volume 1. So has gone by existence. Carol is out shopping at a grocery store presently. I decided to write here because I was falling asleep. I have no plans for the rest of the day. I feel like going down into the lower depths and laying in the dark. Carol talked about driving over to Douglas this afternoon. Also while out we could visit the Fennville Public Library to look at their used books.

Last night I basically messed with my books till 11:30 PM. I mainly read last night from a book titled, 'Dr Johnson & Mr Savage' biography by Richard Holmes. I will close before I pass out from exhaustion. Before I sat down to write these words I was reading, 'Selected Writings' by Samuel Johnson [Penguin Classics].

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Used Books Haul

It is 4 o'clock PM Tuesday afternoon. It is a hot afternoon. Today Carol and I left the house to visit Fennville Public Library Used Books Room and to use a gift card Carol received at Farmer's Deli in Douglas. We also stopped at a Retail Shop/Humane Society Thrift store in Douglas to look at their used books. Here is a list of the used books we found today to ADD to our book collection-

'The World Within The Word' essays by William H. Gass

'Master of the Cross Roads' historical fiction by Madison Smartt Bell

'Victoria' biography by Stanley Weintraub

'Cheating At Canasta: Stories; by William Trevor

'Ordinary Thunderstorms' a novel by William Boyd

'Perfect Recall: New Stories' by Ann Beattie

'The Fifth Child' a novel by Doris Lessing

'The Big Crowd' a novel by Kevin Baker

'Going Solo' memoir by Roald Dahl

'Mapplethorpe' biography by Patricia Morrisroe

'Wellington: The Path To Victory, 1769-1814' biography by Rory Muir

'Tevye's Daughters' Short Stories by Sholom Aleichem Translated By Julius And Frances Butwin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q97f92pGwI

'The Old Country' Short Stories by Sholom Aleichem Translated By Julius And Frances Butwin

'The Death Of King Arthur: The Immortal Legend' A retelling by Peter Ackroyd

'Something To Be Desired' a novel by Thomas McGuane

'Rage & Fire: A Life Of Louise Colet Pioneer Feminist, Literary Star Flaubert's Muse' biography by Francine Du Plessix Gray
https://newcriterion.com/issues/1994/5/flauberts-muse

'The Flame Trees Of Thika: Memories Of An African Childhood' The first illustrated edition of Elspeth Huxley's classic story

'Misia: The Life Of Misia Sert' biography by Arthur Gold & Robert Fizdale
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The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age Leo Damrosch



In its day, there may have been no more stimulating place than London’s Turk’s Head Tavern on a Friday night. There in the mid- to late 18th century, artist Joshua Reynolds and writer Samuel Johnson gathered a select group of intellectual luminaries to dine, drink, and discuss into the early hours. Simply called The Club, it included the likes of political theorist Edmund Burke, economist Adam Smith, and biographer James Boswell.

Harvard scholar and award-winning biographer Leo Damrosch offers a ringside seat at the Turk’s Head, examining this extraordinary group and its lively, oft-combative weekly get-togethers in a discussion of his new book The Club. He draws from Boswell’s accounts of many of the conversations recorded in his journals.
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