A Story of Books.
On my way to Washington, I stopped at Laramie, Wyoming, for a bit of lunch at Anong's Thai Cuisine, but something else caught my eye first: an indie bookstore! I love independent bookstores; no two are ever alike, and they're usually full of quirky, unheard-of titles and books penned by locals.
They're my money-trap.
My favorite find here: a giant book of “nouns of multitude,” or “terms of venery” by none other than James Lipton—of Actors Studio fame. The book, “An Exaltation of Larks,” naturally traces the history of the familiar group names such as a parliament of owls, a murder of crows, and a pride of lions; but Lipton also unearths pristine gems such as a blur of impressionists, a brood of hens an aroma of bakers, a belch of smokestack, and a discord of experts. It's brilliantly illustrated and well-written—the culmination of two decades of research.
I recommend it. And the bookstore I found it in.