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  • Last weekend we were in the city. We came upon this strange scene.
    Hundreds, thousands of books, perhaps, outside on a square in the open air.

    Quite a crowd had gathered.
    There seemed to be a competition going on as to see who could build the tallest book-tower.
    The higher the towers grew the more precarious the balancing act became.
    And when finally a tower swayed and toppled, a great 'whoooah!' went up from the onlookers.

    Strange Saturday-afternoon behaviour, to say the least.

    It turns out that the American Book Store (ABC) was celebrating its' 40th year in Amsterdam, and organised this celebration/ publicity gimick. After the tower building game, onlookers and passers-by were invited to help themselves to the books - free of charge.
    Needless to say they were not today's best-sellers or classics of modern literature, but more heavy and outdated coffee-table books, last years diaries, fantasy/sci-fi chronicles and lesser known tomes.

    At the moment I feel a bit lot like the guy in the foto.
    Trying to keep on top of the ever growing tower of stories here in Cowbird.
    It's wonderful to post stories here, and to receive reactions from all of you. But I also want to be true to my audience, and want to read your stories too, plus all the other new/recent postings, stories of the day, serendipity, etc., etc.

    So, more often than not, another evening has flown by spent reading wonderful, poetical, heart-rending, humorous stories. And I still haven't yet put pen to paper, so to speak.

    ... Sounds familiar???

    I don't understand where some of you haul the energy and time from to keep up.

    I'm in the happy position not to have to work the whole day behind a computer, but my work as a visual artist/ scerery-painter demands a great deal of concentration, especially with my eyes.

    It feels like I'm wrecking my eyes in the evenings on Cowbird. But I must read on.
    And I know you all recognize the addiction.

    I love how Cowbird brings this community of storytellers together, and I love reading, and being a part of, all the interactions that are taking place.

    Something that hasn't happened since Genesis it would seem:

    Source wikipedia:
    The Tower of Babel according to the Book of Genesis, was an enormous tower built in the plain of Shinar. According to the biblical account, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar, where they resolved to build a city with a tower "with its top in the heavens...lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the Earth."

    God came down to see what they did and said: "They are one people and have one language, and nothing will be withholden from them which they purpose to do." So God said, "Come, let us go down and confound their speech." And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, and they left off building the city, which was called Babel "because God there confounded the language of all the Earth."(Genesis 11:5-8).

    Strange one, this God fellow.

    And now Cowbird is doing its' best to resolve this situation.
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