The Barnes and Noble on South Maryland Parkway shut its doors earlier this year. That means that every major bookstore that was open in Las Vegas when I was in college, a mere fifteen years ago, is now closed.
The Borders on Sahara and Decatur, where I worked my freshman year, closed several years ago, just as the recession was starting. The space is still vacant.
When I was in high school, there was a little Barnes and Noble affiliate called Bookstar just down the street from it. They closed before I even graduated. It’s a linen shop now.
The Borders on Lake Mead and Rainbow opened while I was in college. They closed last year.
There used to be two bookstores in the Meadows Mall. Both are long since closed, that mall now bereft of books.
There are just two Barnes and Noble stores left to service all of Las Vegas. Both are in the same part of town: out west in the Summerlin area.
There is not, nor has there even been, a major bookstore in the northernmost part of the city, where I live. I remember a little independent one in the strip mall at Rancho and Craig, but that was as close as it got, and they closed before any of these others. A raggedy used book store on Ann closed a few years ago. Other than the Barnes and Noble I started off writing about, I don’t think the easternmost part of town has ever had a big bookstore, either.
There are, however, still several fine used book stores in Las Vegas. Thank goodness for that.
Posted in Random | Tagged Barnes and Noble, book stores, Border's, Las Vegas, used bookstores |
I still think this is catchy and sweet as all get out.
Posted in Arts | Tagged Dominique, music |
This week I finally saw Ingmar Bergman’s Winter Light. What a beautiful film, in many ways. I absolutely loved it.
The most striking part, though, was a scene near the end where a supporting character gets his screen time to talk to our protagonist, a pastor plagued by doubt and melancholy. The church sexton confesses to the pastor that our apparent understanding of Christ’s suffering is superficial, limited to the cross.
He wonders if the emotional suffering of Gethsemane, and the spiritual elements of the crucifixion might not have been worse. He describes these scriptural details in a way that deeply intensifies the Lord’s suffering.
I sat up pretty straight during this scene. His confused reaching for truth brings him so close to a Latter-day Saint knowledge of the Atonement. I wanted to tap him on the shoulder and talk about the Book of Mormon. I wanted to show him Jeffrey R. Holland’s Easter talk below.
Sadly, YouTube doesn’t have a clip of just this scene. It starts around 7:00 in the 7th video in the linked playlist, and runs about 40 seconds into the 8th.
Winter Light YouTube playlist
Posted in Religion | Tagged Atonement, film, Ingmar Bergman, Jeffrey R. Holland, Jesus Christ, movies, Winter Light |
Much debate among educators these days revolves around the preference in the Common Core State Standards for reading book-length works in excerpts more than in their entirety.
The argument in favor seems to go that there’s too much to cover, and that the skills we need to inculcate can be adequately covered with bits and pieces of text, rather than by slogging through entire works. Besides, kids today won’t read a whole book, anyway.
Those with such a view are missing out on a huge, obvious fact about reading.
Reading an excerpt isn’t the same thing as reading the whole thing.
I’ve read summaries of and excerpts from long classics plenty of times, and not long afterwards, I’ve forgotten the themes, allusions, stylistic features, and even much of the plot. Shallow experiences only bring shallow memories.
Continue Reading »
Posted in Education, Language and Literature | Tagged Common Core, reading |
Nevada Public Radio is in the throes of its spring pledge drive. As I listened to some of it this Wednesday morning before changing the station, I realized that this segment had a lesson to teach.
The local station manager was speaking, but this was not her usual chirpy cheerleading for donations. She sounded despondent. She was outright scolding listeners, shaming them for their selfishness and warning them that the pledge drive would continue until they submitted and coughed up some cash.
She talked about how few people actually contribute to this station, even repeatedly rolling out the “pay your fair share” card. “Is it fair to enjoy the benefits of this station,” she asked, “if you’re not contributing?”
So NPR now apparently believes that it is NOT right for a small fraction of the population to shoulder the financial burden of providing services for the rest of the general population? Good to know.
Posted in Politics and Society |
From National Review:
…the process of conquering is a gradual humiliation: Islamic supremacists make life as dificult as possible for the sugar daddy kuffar while demanding to be paid for the privilege — and the payment itself is symbolic of the conquest.
Replace “Islamic supremacists” there with “looters” and you have a page from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged!
From an Atlantic article quoted today at Instapundit:
So citizens of a Pink Police State (I should say subjects) are apt to surrender more and more political liberty in exchange for more and more cultural or ‘personal’ license. And the government of a Pink Police State tends to monopolize and totalize administrative control while carving out a permissive playpen for the people.
How is that not a perfect thematic summary of Brave New World?
This is not encouraging.
Posted in Politics and Society | Tagged Atlas Shrugged, Brave New World, dystopia, liberty, looters, prognostication, science fiction |
Every round of this show says that the answers came from a survey of 100 people. Wikipedia says that there have been at least 8000 episodes. Say there’s five rounds in each game (a pretty conservative estimate): that makes 40,000 of these surveys.
And at 100 people per survey, that makes 400,000 people. Or one out of every 750 people in America.
I’ve never been called by their show with questions. I don’t know anybody who has been. Do you? Sounds fishy to me.
Posted in Humor, Random | Tagged Family Feud, television, TV shows |