Yes, we all love the internet. So much so that Tuesday night in a small-group setting, when I had lost a page number for a specific passage in an Eckhart Tolle paperback book, I wanted to Google the book to re-find my page. What I needed was a sort of in-hand Project Gutenberg device.
Project Gutenberg (<<<click P.G. for Potter’s Puddle-Duck pics & full text) is a site where over a hundred thousand mostly classic [a.k.a. copyright-expired] books are available, and word-searchable, in digital form.
Just think of it! Now you can read Tolstoy’s entire War and Peace on the subway for free, using your Blackberry. But unfortunately, one cannot read the books of current spirituality writer Eckhart Tolle, nor his ancient namesake, the great 13th-century Dominican mystic Meister Eckhart … those two are absent from the Gutenberg archives, at least so far. Project Gutenberg is a nonprofit effort, and even depends on volunteers to enter or proofread some of the texts they are trying to add to their library. So if you ever wanted to write a book, but you lack the ideas or discipline, try supporting somebody else’s tried and true novel, or seminal work of natural philosophy.
Speaking of worthy, non-profit e-books, go without delay to www.stealbackyourvote.org to see good reporting on how the poor (or ethnic minorities, or recent movers) are being purged from the registered voter rolls, especially in swing states.
You’ll also get this useful, fun, free comic book telling the public how to steal our votes back. Bobby Kennedy, Jr. is involved in the project, which also includes a documentary film, and a recent Rolling Stone magazine article that you can read by clicking here.