Sunday, November 14, 2010


From the reprint edition of A Field Guide to the Birds, by Roger Tory Peterson:

Juvenile Swamp Sparrows are buffy below with fine breast-streakings.

A Bird Book on a New Plan is one of the subtitles.

Peterson's book was published in April of 1934, miles of years before "problems" became "issues". I picked it up at Mast Books last night (after the party, the book shop) along with a little book of Cole Porter lyrics. Somebody really knew how to order the songs: "Begin the Beguine" and "Just One of Those Things" are on facing pages.

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