Originally Posted by CharlieBird
Responding to Hamlet's not-so-gentle reproof in the April B.C. Nominations today!!....
I started G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy (another March nomination) before I started the book ultimately selected, so I'm only about a quarter of the way through but I'm liking it a lot. It's not something I would have ever read w/out a nudge...not sure why because biography/autobiography are two of my favorite catagories; maybe because you've heard about it since grade school and it's just sort of background noise. Reading these two books though I've been able to answer my own question about why I liked A Room With a View so much—why I like Churchill's histories. I'm impressed with a formal writing style! Cormac McCarthy's books have some of this formality.
I am really behind in my reading this month. Too much in the news...Libya, Bahrain, Japan, Egypt...the additions to the crises list just seems to get longer every month.
Plan on adding more when I finish the Autobiography, but it will be tough to top Hamlet's spiffy post!
Sorry if I came across as overly heavy.
It just strikes me that the reason for these monthly book selections is to have a discussion amongst MR participants. Not that I ever mind just pontificating.
Originally Posted by JaneD
As a printer and lover of truth, he certainly would have had a lot to say about the access we now have to books & information, and the developing ownership issues.
My guess is that he would have come done on the no copyright or very limited copyright side. I base this on his refusal to attempt to patent the “Franklin Stove” and other inventions he came up with, saying that (paraphrasing I'm sure) that he did it for the betterment of society.