Bookmash: Quench the lamp

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Quench the lamp

Quench the lamp, the image,
The chalice and the blade,
Silver threads of hope
Booking passage in the modern idiom.


Thanks to the authors and editors: Alice Taylor, Daniel Boorstin, Riane Eisler, Sinéad Gleeson, Thomas Lynch, and Leo Hamalian & Arthur Zeiger; and to Nina Katchadourian for the idea.

Since my last bookmash, the game has continued to spread – most notably to the great US public radio show on words and language A Way with Words (full episode here), which read out a few and encouraged listeners to compile their own.

I haven’t read all the books in this stack, so feel free to recommend. Some of you might know Silver Threads of Hope, a new anthology of Irish short stories in aid of mental health charity Console; it appeared in an older Sentence first post on turn-taking in conversation.

My previous bookmashes are here. Join in, if you like!

8 Responses to Bookmash: Quench the lamp

  1. Chalice and the Blade is wonderful, has been a family favorite for a while now.. have talked about so much, I feel like I’ve read it, but have actually mostly just browsed. Sounds like her recent work is also wonderful. Looks like someone has made that volume happily well-read!
    Lovely poem as well, splendid!

  2. Stan says:

    Thanks, Claire! The Chalice and the Blade is one I picked up second-hand quite recently (and yes, well-read by the look of it). I hear it’s very good, and your recommendation has pushed it up the to-read mountain a bit.

  3. alexmccrae1546 says:


    Bookmash is back, baby! (channeling an Austin Powers’ alliterative roll there. HA!)

    Stan, you know that for me your open bookmash posts are like catnip to a cat, or honey to a bear’s sweet tooth. (I’m drooling like a Pavlovian pooch here. I have some tinnitus in both ears, so I’m always hearing bells. HA!)

    So without further ado, here’s my offering for today:


    Baghdad by the bay
    City of ambition
    Woman in the mists
    Revolutionary immortality
    Rebels in paradise

    Author credits, from top to bottom include:

    1) Canadian short-story icon, the gifted Alice Munro

    2) Longtime San Francisco newspaper scribe, the late Herb Caen

    3) Elizabeth Sussman/ art historian

    4) Farley Mowat, prolific veteran Canadian author (here, addressing the dedicated work, tragic death, and lasting legacy of primatologist Diane Fossey)

    5) Dr. Robert Jay Lifton (a treatise on Mao Tse-Tung and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. I’ve had this little paperback since the late-sixties when I was getting my BA in Poli. Sci at York U. in Toronto.)

    6) Hunter Drohojowska-Philp (An in-depth look back at the fast burgeoning art studio/ gallery scene in ’60s-era L.A.)

    Stan, as in the past, I’ll be e-mailing you a photo of my “Runaway” ‘short stack’, w/ my usual added ‘topper’. (In this case a circular sea urchin exoskeleton. Sounds creepy, but it isn’t.)


  4. Stan says:

    Thanks for playing, Alex. A very interesting selection, as ever. The Mowat looks good, and I like Jay Lifton a lot but haven’t read that one. “Sea urchin exoskeleton” didn’t sound creepy at all – I know what they are, and anyway I’m a biologist! Here’s your bookmash uploaded:

  5. alexmccrae1546 says:


    Here’s a new bookmash with a decidedly carnal ‘flavor’, titled “Outliers”:


    Brave new world
    Plaisirs d’amour
    The sensuous immortals
    Uncontrollable bodies
    Metallic memories
    100 allegories
    To represent the world


    Author credits, top-to-bottom include:

    1) Malcolm Gladwell, staff essayist for The New Yorker and author of several fairly recent thought-provoking, best-selling philosophic tomes, including “blink” and “The Tipping Point”.

    2) Aldous Huxley. His “Brave New World” shook our between-great-wars world back in the ’30s, w/ its disturbing dystopic, mechanistic, warped vision of a devolved humanity.

    3) Elizabeth Nash

    4) Dr. Pratapaditya Pal / then-L.A. County Museum senior curator of Indian and Islamic arts.

    5) Rodney Sappington/ Tyler Stallings (co-editors)

    6) Jean “Moebius” Giraud, graphic novelist extraordinaire.

    7) Peter Greenaway, daring Brit independent film-maker, painter, scribe.

    Stan, will send along a photo of this bookmash mix, forthwith.

    Mash on, McDuff!

  6. Stan says:

    Thanks, Alex. Here it is.

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