Occupy Boston Library, Dewey Square, Boston MA

Occupy Boston is a very organized endeavor. There are tents for information, medical care, media relations, and cooking. The newest edition is space for their library.

Occupy Boston Library - exterior

No card is required to borrow books. No catalog, no fees, just the honor system and an inquisitive mind.


Occupy Boston Library - rules

There is a 'rack' for newspapers. Other current news that is available are hard copies of the minutes of the General Assembly meetings (which can also be found on the Occupy Boston Wiki pages.


Occupy Boston Library - news

And of course, it wouldn't be a library without 'stacks'.


Occupy Boston Library - Stacks 1

Note the plentiful titles by Noam Chomsky.


Occupy Boston Library - Chomsky Books

The library welcomes donations of books, particularly those focused on philosophy and politics. I would guess that these very serious and committed folks might also enjoy a few genre fiction titles. Even anarcho-libertarian freedom fighters need a break sometimes.


While the tents are physically occupying a public space, what has been created is a functioning community, not only in Boston but across the country and the world. I look forward to returning to Dewey Square and the Occupy Boston Library. Next time I'll bring some donations.


Photos by kiwitayro.

102 Places To Meet Your Thousand Best Friends

I've been doing some reading about online marketing. For an author to manage their own social presence would seem to require about 37 hours a day. Given the advice to be everywhere using every media for everyone, it just isn't possible. Writers have to pick their markets carefully. But which ones?

Over on the Boston.com site I happened to click on the "Share this" link for an article. In the box that came up on screen, the usual suspects were sorted at the top: Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and so on. Below that all the social network options were sorted alphabetically. 102 options for connecting to your 1000 best friends.

There's Connotea, a "Free online reference management for all researchers, clinicians and scientists". Probably not for me. How about Edmodo, "Secure social learning network for teachers and students"? Closer, but no.

Wandering into other languages, there is Fresqui for sharing stories in Spanish, or NUjij for all your Dutch news.


And if you don't want to spend the next one to seven hours looking at neat digital flip-book style animations, then DO NOT go to the Flipnote Hatena site.

Where I have signed up is goodreads, a place to track, review, and comment upon books. You can click here to see my recent updates. The site seems to have a lot of good features for published writers. I hope to be taking advantage of those sometime soon.

Top Three Positions People Love

I've searched through dozens of photos on the web and have determined the top three positions in which people read books. Yes, read books. What kind of positions did you think I meant?

classic book reading position
photo by _madolan_

First the classic seated position. In the photo above, this is demonstrated with wonderful poise and hand position. Of course there are many, many variations. For example, the one handed grip which frees the other hand to do something else.

one handed book reading position
photo by scampion

Second in popularity is the reclined pose:


reclined book reading position
photo by rachel sian

The epitome of curled up with a book. One can also take this position on top or on the bottom. Or really be daring and go for the bathtub.

Finally, there is the position that I think we all remember and should continue even though we are older and set in our ways, reading under the covers with a flashlight:


I hope this information was entertaining if not exactly useful or scientific. Feel free to comment with your own variations.

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