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Weller's Bookseller Holden Rasmussen Named a Fulbright Alternate

Holden Rasmussen has a mission to help everyday people understand the tools of philosophy.

“I want to push back against the idea that one has to be in academia to understand philosophy because it’s so entangled in our everyday lives.” He explained his broad definition of a philosopher as a ‘conceptual engineer,’ one who works with concepts that are old and need re-tooling. “People use these techniques every day. If you are working with concepts, you are engaging with philosophy.”

Holden Battles the Summer Doldrums: Post 3 - Intoxication and White Teeth

Holden Battles the Summer Doldrums is a summer series of blog posts about one bookseller's lofty goal to read two books a week this summer. Each week I will reflect on the books I read, how I felt reading them, and what challenges or epiphanies presented themselves.This week I read Intoxication by Jean-Luc Nancy and White Teeth by Zadie Smith. You can find previous posts at wellerbookworks.com under "Holden's Blog" or you can search on social media using the hashtag #holdenreads.

Holden Battles the Summer Doldrums: Post Two - On the Road and Fire Season

Holden Battles the Summer Doldrums is a summer series of blog posts about one bookseller's lofty goal to read two books a week this summer. Each week I will reflect on the books I read, how I felt reading them, and what challenges or epiphanies presented themselves.This week I read On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors. You can find previous posts at wellerbookworks.com under "Holden's Blog" or you can search on social media using the hashtag #holdenreads.

Holden Battles the Summer Doldrums: Post One - Ecce Homo and Nietzsche's Last Laugh

Holden Battles the Summer Doldrums is a summer series of blog posts about one bookseller's lofty goal to read two books a week this summer. Each week I will reflect on the books I read, how I felt reading them, and what challenges or epiphanies presented themselves.This week I read Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche and Nietzsche's Last Laugh: Ecce Homo as Satire by Nicholas D. More. You can find previous posts at wellerbookworks.com under "Holden's Blog" or you can search on social media using the hashtag #holdenreads.

Best Weller's pick for May-June: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Michael Pollan
9781594204227
Penguin Press
List Price: $28.00
Our Price: $21.00

Reviewed by Tony Weller

 

To fall in hell or soar Angelic

You’ll need a pinch of psychedelic

 

Independent Bookstore Day, Open-Minded Browsing, and Shopping Local

Bookstores are hubs of culture. Humanity crosses chasms of time, geography and language with bridges made of books. Cities and towns used to be more thickly populated with independent bookstores. Stock-empowered corporations thinned our numbers in the Nineties but curious thinkers, intellectual explorers, community builders, revolutionists, dreamers and romantics cannot be fully oppressed.

May We Have… Oh Let Us Have, a Happy New Year! - Tony Weller

Happy New Year everyone! I wish I could make it a magic spell. What will it take to achieve a Happy 2018?  Booksellers are merchants of dreams and knowledge; and readers’ minds are made of what they choose. I have found durable wisdom in books of widely varied topics, and from every geographic region or era. No one person, or period or culture has all answers, and none has none.

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