I admit that I picked up quite a few books. We'll see just how easy it will be to get them back to Austin. Among the new treasures that I might find time to read in the new year (and leaving out the ones I picked up to give as gifts to a few friends...):
- The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight
- The Well: A Story of Love, Death and Real Life in the Seminal Online Community
- Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design
- Six Not-So-Easy Pieces: Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry, and Space-Time
- Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon
- The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics
- In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed
- Off the Wall at Callahan's
- Einstein's Bridge
While I like bargains, when this store closes, it will leave Dalton with only one bookstore (AFAIK), a pretty tiny "Bookland" at Walnut Square Mall. When I was growing up, the mall could support both a Bookland and a Waldenbooks, but those days seem to be in the past.
While on this trip, I've been busy with another book, one I ordered straight from the publisher, Bill Kunkel's "Confessions of the Game Doctor". I'm about a third through right now, but I'll probably finish it today. It's a gonzo account of the early days of video games, told by one of the founders of the first video game magazine, "Electronic Gaming". There's a lot of details about the business, and even a rather funny description of the failed 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. There's even some legal intrigue as Bill gets to be an expert witness at some of the landmark video game trials (it amazing what Atari would sue about, back in the day). Based on what I've read so far, I'd gladly recommend this to anyone interested in the history of gaming.