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PROFOUND vs ESCAPIST. CLASSICS vs BEST SELLERS. YOUR CALL. HOW ABOUT eBOOKS?

WELCOME TO LORBIT
SENSING URBANITY
LISTENING FOR WORDS
VIEWING IMAGES OF MYSTERY
REFLECTING ON MEMOIRS
LOVING MUSIC
READING FOR LIVING
TRAVELING FOR ENCHANTMENT
PROTESTING IDIOCY

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Just for now forget vanity books, unauthorized bios, rehashes, spin room trivia, celebrity authors, and page-turning thrilllers. What books have you read that elevated your aspirations? Tell us about it.
 
 
 
 
 
Books are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasure of the mind. Books are humanity in print.  - Barbara Tuchman
Learn the creative habit:

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The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life, Twyla Tharp, Simon & Schuster, 2003.
 
Don't expect any dance jargon from acclaimed choreographer Twyla Tharp. She cuts to the bone-- to the essence of the creative work ethic (emphasis on work.)

"There are as many ways to scratch for ideas as there are ideas. The most common is reading. If you're like me, reading is your first line of defense against an empty head.. It's how you keep your mind disciplined...
 
It doesn't matter if it's a book, magazine, newspaper, billboard, instrucrtion manual, or cereal box-- reading generates ideas, because you're literally filling your head with ideas and letting your imagination filter them for something useful.
 
If I stopped reading
I'd stop thinking.
It's that simple."
- Twyla Tharpe

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If you enjoy brilliant writing,
LORBIT recommends:
FICTION:

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"Train," by Pete Dexter, Doubleday, 2003.
 
It's a tale of love, murder, and mayhem in 1940's Los Angeles-- but a mile above a genre mystery. A year later you may not remember details of the plot, but the characters will be seared into memory-- you might even wonder what they're doing today. 
 
Pete Dexter, winner of the National Book Award, will sweep you away with his compassionate eye and economy of style. Train is a black caddy at a posh westside golf course. Sergeant Miller Packer is a police investigator who falls for Nora, the sole survivor of a botched boat hijacking. As their lives intersect, Dexter paints the wrestling of the dark and tender in their natures-- and every word counts.
 

LORBIT looks at books that have been on the shelf for a while. In the deluge of first editions, the media review titles hyped by publishers-- and fine work can slip below the radar and miss its rightful due...
 
Last year more than 95 thousand titles flowed from U.S. publishing houses. That's about 15 thousand less than in 1999. The difference is more than made up by the profusion of self-publishing, low-volume print houses,
e-books, downloads, and Acrobat printouts. Anyway, it's a lot of books.
 
The 'remainder' pile is full of gold. At two years post-production books can be purchased at cutrate prices as catalog closeouts, used books, or paperbacks.
 
The best book buyers are scavengers.Go forth and find-- and read.