Fabulous finds

I was browsing my favorite used bookstore in Boca the other day (I say “my favorite,” but actually, I think it’s the only used bookstore in Boca. Nevertheless.) when I ran across four volumes in the Florida’s Fabulous… series. I pounced on them the way a tiger beetle pounces on other beetles, or a robber [...] [...]

More books

Berkeley’s best book store, Moe’s, is probably the best book store in the world. I’ve been to many a book store, in London, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, Chicago, Paris, Boston, New Delhi, Portland, and New York, and I still think Moe’s is the best. The Strand in Manhattan may be bigger, and Powell’s, in Portland and environs [...] [...]

Why Herptiles? Some recent books…

If you’re like me, you might never have really wondered why the word herptile was invented. After all, “Reptiles and Amphibians” is easy enough to say. And besides, “reptiles” aren’t such a simple class, anyway: lots of reptiles have no business being included in the class Reptilia. Until recently, though, no one like me has [...] [...]

Just back from California

Will update the blog tomorrow, we hope. Still processing everything that happened; organizing photos, etc. To come: Pinnipeds, Pinheads, and Books Galore (that’s one entry each, not one entry with a funky title). Reading two books right now, with several in the queue: Anathem (Neal Stephenson) Feathered Dinosaurs (Schouten and Long; read Darren Naish’s review) [...] [...]