Thursday, December 16, 2010

Book #18

Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping - Judith Levine

So, is it ironic/profitic that I got this book from Paperback Swap and didn't actually buy it.

Interesting book. Somewhat guilt inducing. Written in 2004 and included a lot of content focusing on the presential election and campaigns. Actaully a little too much for my tastes, but relavent at the time the book was written and published.

She and her husband really were the perfect test subjects for this experiment. Freelance writers, fifty somethings, no children, split their time between New York City and Vermont (poor things). So, they decide that they are not going to buy anything but essenttial itmes for an entire year. This is including entertainment like movies, concerts and theater, unless they are free performences. They managed and saved a bunch of money in the process and learned to enjoy different experiences that they probably wouldnt have tried if not for the project.

It is a study of how deeply engrained shopping is in our culture and how hard it is to not shop in our culture. Shopping is a competative sport.

Peace on Earth and My Front Door

Peace on Earth
Peace be With You
Peace Baby
Peace, Joy and Love
Peace Out

Friday, December 10, 2010

Book #17

Yarn Harlot - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Whew, taking a class really screws with your free time. It has seriously cut into my reading for pleasure. Blogging, too. (I'll be lucky if I make 20 books let alone fifty)

About the book. Very funny. A collection of essays of a sort. She can take absolutely anything and spin in (no pun intended) to somehow have something to do with knitting. she is a woman obsessed.

I follow her blog as well and this is a very good lead in and/or supplement to it. I wish I had as much time and yarn. One can only hope and strive, right.