Randomly Shelves or Something

by Isaac Asimov

My brilliantly aptly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be due to the books both containing words such as ‘and’ or ‘the’, although having said that it’d be really awesome to now find two books totally missing both of those words.

The books I chose last week were A Portion of Praise: A Festschrift to honour John S Levi and The Winds of Change by Isaac Asimov. Stay tuned to find out if I’ve actually got a link.

The Books

A Portion of Praise A Festschrift to honour John S Levi

A Portion of Praise: A Festschrift to honour John S Levi

A festschrift is a volume of essays written to celebrate a particular person, often on his/her retirement or other significant occasion. The printing in this is so small I can’t read what it was published for. It has essays by many rabbis significant for their work both here and overseas. It also has an essay by one of the biggest names in Australian politics, Sir Zelman Cowen.

The Winds of Change by Isaac Asimov

The Winds of Change by Isaac Asimov.

This volume of short stories by Isaac Asimov contains some interesting stories. I won’t pre-empt the link by writing any more.

The Link

Rabbi Levi is one of the most influential rabbis in Progressive Jewish history in Australia. He is probably only dwarfed in that regard by Rabbi Sanger. He’s done so much over the decades that I don’t know where to start and finishing would take far more time than I have here. Hearing him read Torah is very exciting as he reads the Hebrew then translates it as he goes. I haven’t heard him read from the book of Genesis for a long time but it was a thrill.

Isaac Asimov has many similar achievements in the world of science and science fiction. He’s written many, many, many short stories both about science fiction and also about science. His novels include non-fiction tomes on science addressed to adults and some addressed to children. This collection of short stories is science fiction and one of them in particular is the true story of Genesis, how it really came to be written down and squeezed into six days.

Next Week!

Next week may not be a challenge at all. With The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkein and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Stay tuned to find out if I’ve actually got a link. I promise I’ll try to be entertaining.