Post Date Nov 16

Recent Arrivals

A small selection of our recent arrivals. Feel free to inquire about any of the books shown for more information.  To stem the flood of emails which inevitably follow the arrival of a new Kitman title, I will provide a few details about this little treasure that may preemptively answer your questions.  Yes, it really is a hardcover first edition in F/F condition.  Kitman describes himself as the second most influential TV critic behind Spiro Agnew, who was at this time, I believe, pinning the decline of Western Civilization on such sleazy TV programs as Love, American Style and the base humor of Nipsy Russell.  Kitman pontificates on such varied subjects as the Women’s Libbers and TV coverage of the Viet Nam war.  He even gets in an infantile dig at Marshall Mcluhan and his famous book of the time, The Media is the Message.  Kitman insists that Mcluhan had it wrong and the commercial is the message, yuk yuk. It is a really weird glimpse of a time when TV and the big three networks seemed to be establishing an unassailable position as the dominant influence in American culture.

Post Date Nov 16

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Post Date Nov 16

Archaeoastronomy

Just wanted to feature a recent arrival in the store.  This book is a compilation of scientific publications documenting the deep relationship that many ancient and not so, so ancient cultures have had with the stars. In the past thirty years it has been established that all of the mysterious structures that stirred my imagination as a child such as Stonehenge, and the Great Pyramid of Giza, to name a few, were constructed as observatories, calendars or places where incredible alignments would happen on certain days (often solstices or equinoxes) such that the angle of the Sun or a star would cast a particular shadow, illuminate a symbolic glyph carved in the wall or all manner of other craziness. I am always curious as to what motivated them to go to such lengths.

Below is an interesting video showing the descent of the Quezalcoatl/Kukulcan shadow on the equinox at Chichen Itza. In Spanish with subtitles. Amazing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0kOyGZxKh4

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C. Clarke