For several years now, like, I’m sure, many many other Oprah watching, Stern listening, pop-culture enthusiasts, I’ve been searching for a copy of that ground-breaking, trend-setting rocking work of non-fiction that topped the bestseller charts in 1853, “The Divine Rule of Faith and Practice” by William Goode. As I’m sure a huge portion of the American (and British) population knows, this book was the definitive response to John Henry Newman and the Tractarians (otherwise known as “The Oxford Movement”) who ultimately forded the Tiber river in their defection from Anglicanism to the waiting and loving arms of Pope Pius IX and Roman Catholicism.

Anyway, my periodic attempts have always been met with frustration … until now. Expecting to perhaps find the book in some used book store or ebay auction, if at all – I actually found the book ITSELF suspended in cyberspace – scanned and ready for download!

Not only that, I stumbled upon a wealth of other treasures like: “The photographic history of the Civil war,” “French and English philosophers: Descartes, Rousseau, Voltaire, Hobbes (c1910),” and “The Harleian miscellany : or, A collection of scarce, curious, and entertaining pamphlets and tracts, as well in manuscripts as in print, found in the late Earl of Oxford’s library; interspersed with historical, political, and critical notes (1808-11)” along with “Flatland : a romance of many dimensions (1884)” and several public domain Greatful Dead concerts all in “The Internet Archive” – an organization dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of public domain content.

Which reminds me – at some point I’ll need to write a rant about the damage done by the current state of copyright and patent laws in this country (and others).