Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

“The String Quartet” by Virginia Woolf

The gentleman replies so fast to the lady, and she runs up the scale with such witty exchange of compliment now culminating in a sob of passion, that the words … Continue reading

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Libraries in the Ancient World by Lionel Casson

The origins of libraries are as vague as the evolution of living species. Just when did a room full of clay tablets transform from an accounting office into a library? … Continue reading

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“Thought Experiment” by Eileen Gunn

Ralph felt right at home. He’d devised himself a costume that he thought would look nondescript in any time period, and carried a pocketful of Roosevelt dimes, figuring silver was … Continue reading

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Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson

Having enjoyed The Dead Beat and This Book is Overdue, books about obituary writers and librarians, I am a Marilyn Johnson fan. She is making her mark investigating professions that … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Araby” by James Joyce

I had hardly any patience with the serious work of life which, now that it stood between me and my desire, seemed to me child’s play, ugly monotonous child’s play. … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Splitting an Order by Ted Kooser

“I like to watch an old man cutting a sandwich in half maybe an ordinary cold roast beef on whole wheat bread no pickles or onions, keeping his shaky hands … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

“The Star” by Arthur C. Clarke

It is three thousand light-years to the Vatican. Once, I believed that space could have no power over faith, just as I believed the heavens declared the glory of God’s handiwork. Now … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment
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