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.

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

Pilgrim At Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

The premise of this book is deceptively simple; to monitor the natural world in an area over the course of a year. The area being where the author lives near … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

This poem is probably most familiar from S.E. Hinton’s first teen novel The Outsiders and the later film based upon it. I was aware of the poem before that, but … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Sound of a Wild Snail eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

This is a gem of a book. By that I mean it sparkles, has depth and great value. It is a splendid mixture of natural history, philosophy, literature and poetry, … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 11 Comments

A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy by Charlotte Greig

I picked up this book for light relief. I wanted something quick and easy to read and given the pink swirls on the front cover, I thought this book would … Continue reading

November 8, 2010 · 6 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

The Foxes are looking to the heavens this week as they contemplate the really big issues: philosophy, religion, science and folk music. On Monday, Nikki wonders if philosophy really can … Continue reading

November 7, 2010 · 1 Comment

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Yevgeny Zamyatin completed We in 1921, only for it to gain the dubious honour of becoming the first book to be banned by Glavlit, the newly created Soviet censors. Yet … Continue reading

August 24, 2010 · 7 Comments

I am living as I please … Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford

Matthew Crawford, a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, owns and operates Shockoe Moto, a motorcycle repair shop in Richmond, Virginia. Stand … Continue reading

June 7, 2010 · 14 Comments

Kama Sutra: sex tip book or philosophical treatise?

Review by Audrey Chaix. Written in the 5th or 6th century AD by the sage Vatsyayana, the Kama Sutra is probably one of the most famous Indian books in the … Continue reading

January 7, 2010 · 14 Comments

Demagogue by Michael Signer

With a title like that, I was expecting a strident book full of forceful opinions with an array of historical examples. Instead, it was a lot of name dropping and … Continue reading

July 6, 2009 · 5 Comments

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery

I’ve come a little late to this book – although translated into English in 2008, Muriel Barbery’s second novel was first published in French back in 2006 – but there … Continue reading

February 20, 2009 · 21 Comments



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