Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation – Peter Marshall

Preserved in the royal archives in Sweden is a letter addressed to Albrecht, Archbishop of Mainz and dated the 31st of October 1517. It was written by a young priest … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · 4 Comments

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

A VL Classic, first posted in July of 2016 Thoreau is one of America’s quintessential writers. He embodies that independent spirit that is so stereotypical of our image. Not so … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

No matter how many times I read this book, it’s always a delightful experience. At it’s core, it’s an explanation of a school of philosophy, Taoism. But the way the … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Transmission and interpretation: the case of Josephus

In studying anything to do with ancient history, the first thing you learn is that the preservation of texts is a haphazard affair. Sometimes the only reason the corpus of … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

As for me, if I stumble, the mercies of God shall be my eternal salvation. If I stagger because of the sin of flesh, my justification shall be by the … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 3 Comments

Manawydan’s Glass Door (d’apres David Jones, 1931) by Heather Dohollau

This is a new poet to me and one I was happy to discover. Though born in Wales, she moved to France as a young woman and lived the rest … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau is one of America’s quintessential writers. He embodies that independent spirit that is so stereotypical of our image. Not so much in Walden, which could’ve been written by any … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Most of the poems I’ve done for this week in the past have been thoses I’ve liked for decades. Though I’ve enjoyed Maya Angelou’s work for years, I had never … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Art of Grace by Sarah L Kaufman

It’s probably an unfortunate coincidence that when I read Sarah Kaufman’s book, the weather took a turn for the better. Taking the turn for the better during a Norwegian winter … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book – by Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake

Sometimes I’m sad and I don’t know why. It’s just a cloud that comes along and covers me up. It’s not because Eddie’s gone. It’s not because my mum’s gone. … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 4 Comments

Coming Up This Week

At first glance, we seem to have an animal filled week, but Dragonhold is really a place, not a corral for dragons, unfortunately. So what we really have is a … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Faith, Seriously: The Ethics of Everyday Life, by Michael Banner

Like much of the really exciting theology I’ve read this year (Rowan Williams’ Meeting God in Mark, or Hugh Gilbert OSB’s The Tale of Quisquis), The Ethics of Everyday Life … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Polar North

This book about living with the Greenland Inuit mixes travel with linguistics and anthropology, but is mostly about how people live in the frozen north. Much like Laurens Van Der … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Coming Up this week

With this being the last week of posts before our Christmas Break, we have an eclectic mix of subjects. The Foxes are busy with holiday preparations and even we can’t … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

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