Aeneas wond'ring stood, then ask'd the cause
Which to the stream the crowding people draws.
"We can no longer afford to take that which was good in the past and simply call it our heritage, to discard the bad and simply think of it as a dead load which by itself time will bury in oblivion. The subterranean stream of Western history has finally come to the surface and usurped the dignity of our tradition. This is the reality in which we live. And this is why all efforts to escape from the grimness of the present into nostalgia for a still intact past, or into the anticipated oblivion of a better future, are vain." - Hannah Arendt, (1950)
learn more about Lethe, the river of forgetfulness, and the Aeneid from translations and commentaries at the
University of Pennsylvania Vergil Project.
Search for Vergil, Virgil, Aeneid, Lethe, Broch, or Haecker in my database for related titles. Enjoy Richard Thomas
on the pleasures of open stacks
as he explores an actual collection of rare Virgil translations.
Is there an alternative to digging up the past, saving it at the last minute, or forgetting it altogether. Some nice thoughts in: Ralph Hummel: A Once and Future Politics: Heidegger's Recovery of the Political in "Parmenides" from Administrative Theory & Praxis (26, 3, 2004).
The wonderful thing about metaphors of flow, disruption, migration, intervention and the like is that they
remind us to look up and down the "river" at a much greater ecosystem than we would have noticed had we focused
solely on the flooded city, the stranded refugees, or the darkened neighborhoods beneath a highway. We can look
at the channels along which water, people, or cars have traveled, the places crossed, the places nourished, dried out,
or destroyed; we can study how these channels were built and what effects they have had as they create history all along
their path. Historians like Donald Worster and John R. Stilgoe show us that this broader environment is not just an
empty space within which interesting history takes place. It is an event in itself, becoming an environment at the
moment it is criss-crossed by some disturbance, and then encompassing all of the people
and places it touches.
First reactions are rarely the best. But reflexes are powerful and the noise they make quickly fills up the hall.
Only when the rippling flood of
simple reflexes briefly calms are there moments of opportunity, rich in possibilities, open to new ideas. A time when it is possible for everyone to make
their characteristic contribution, before the supposedly inevitable future has been manufactured into
reality. Every change opens up opportunities for us. Do we simply accept the reflex to resist change or the equally banal
temptation to discard the old and surrender faster and faster? Georg Simmel knew why art matters: because it can compress the plural reality of this in-between time
into one image in a way that no photographic "snapshot" can.
Who are the modern heirs of Simmel's "Das Abendmahl Lionardo da Vincis" (1905), or is it just a display in an exhibit on the history of sociology?.
The website allows you to search my inventory of used and rare books by subject catalog and to filter by language.
Check as many of the subject catalogs in the right hand column as you wish (or leave blank to search all), filter by language, or change the sort order, then click enter to produce an illustrated list.
SEARCH FORMS: please note that the search function does not permit wildcards searches, such as "and", "or", "*" :
but the terms are buffered on each side by an asterisk:
so "hist" gets you "history" and "3570" as keyword returns all entry numbers from 35700 to 35709.
SUBJECTS: Enter a term like "philosophy" in the subject line to get all books in all of the "philosophy" catalogs, or check just the ones you want from the Catalogs on the right.
REFINE: your search by language; arrange it by subject, year or price.
COPY AND PASTE into an EMAIL:
Please copy and paste at least the Entry Number, Author, and Title of the books you are interested in.
Send them to me in an email by clicking on the "ORDER or INQUIRE" tab from the search page (or "CONTACT" tab on the main page).
Why is it important to include the Entry Number? - sometimes I have more than one copy of a title: I need to know which one you want.
My inventory is organized by unique inventory numbers, it is much easier to find your book using that number than just to know: "Wilson, My Life".
But since it is easy to type in a number incorrectly, please include redundant information such as author and title.
At this time there no shopping cart and no e-commerce option. My books are also listed on public databases which have these functions but lack other refinements offered here. However, discounts are available only through direct inquiry. -
PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND LOCATION:
why do I need your name and location? - shipping costs and methods vary by country. To best advise you on how to get the most out of your order I need to know what country you are in. Including your name helps me address you politely, and allows me to set up an order inquiry in my database, which is how I know which books to retrieve for you.
PAYMENT IN ADVANCE: payment is expected in advance. Libraries and institutions may be billed.
Paying by PAYPAL:
Customers in the US can pay most easily by PAYPAL. After I determine the total price of your order I will send you my paypal address or a paypal invoice. Please do not make a payment until I have confirmed the total.
Paying by CREDIT CARD:
Due to the high costs and security issues of processing credit card payments, I now do so only through paypal. It is easy to use your credit card via PAYPAL even if you do NOT have an account: when you receive the paypal "invoice" from me through your email, you simply use your credit card as a "guest" without setting up your own account. This method has been successful with customers from many countries.
All are welcome to pay by cash, check, or (in Europe) by transfer to my German bank account.
Paying by CHECK:
checks drawn on US accounts are welcome.
Paying by transfer (UEBERWEISUNG) to my German bank account:
if you have a bank account in the EUR zone, you may pay by transfer to my German account. I will send the necessary information when your order has been finalized.
SHIPPING BOOKS IN THE US:
Shipping costs may change based on conditions of your order: weight, size, country. The following information is subject to change to reflect actual costs.
Standard shipping by media mail: $3.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional book.
by priority mail, for books that fit into the priority mail flat-rate envelope: $6.49 per package, which may hold one or two books. For larger books, the medium flat-rate box may be required, price on request.
SHIPPING COSTS OUTSIDE THE US:
Books under 2 pounds cost about $22 to most counties.
The standard flat-rate envelope "international priority airmail" (for books 2-4 pounds) costs around $32 to most countries. It is often possible to ship two standard books or even 3 or 4 paperbacks in such an envelope. The envelope is however limited by size and weight and the need to protect the books inside the thin cardboard envelope.
If you are paying by paypal, it may be necessary to add an additional %5.5 to the cost of shipping. Please inquire for details about airmail and customs issues to your country.
M-bag international and larger flat-rate priority mail boxes vary by country and may allow you to save on larger shipments, but one must still anticipate a cost of about $5-$8 per pound.
why is there no low-cost SURFACE MAIL? - There is NO surface mail from the US to international destinations. The US post does not offer this service. A book that could be mailed in 2001 for $4 now costs $31 to mail to Europe, for example.
My goal is to offer regular customers: Stammkunden - a substantial discount and reduced shipping costs wherever possible. A minimum order final total of $7 above
any transaction costs is required. It may not be possible to honor very small international orders as transaction and shipping costs make this impractical.
EXCEPTIONS: I reserve the right to alter the discount on books or on shipping costs due to changes in shipping costs, costs of payment processing, risky shipments, low order totals, or other reasons.
There is no obligation to sell books in any particular transaction.
by clicking the "contact" tab you can send me an email to inquire about books or to order books. The email form should open in your program with a subject line and a few notes pre-entered. Please adjust these to reflect your situation. The template information is merely a reminder to mention the purpose of your email in the subject line and to include your name, address and country in the body of the email.
Click on this link to sign up as a "follower":