Couldn’t resist sharing this with you. I used to hold on to every book I had and recall once deciding to thin them out, and disposing of only one. One! I do better now, but only because space demands it. It’s either the books or me. Enjoy. Muriel
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By Colin Woodward
“What is this obsession people have with books? They put them in their houses like they’re trophies. What do you need it for after you read it?”
–Jerry to George on Seinfeld
If you are a historian, you probably have lots of books. The same goes for all academics, historians or otherwise. You might have so many books, in fact, that they have become a problem. A problem to store, a problem to move, a problem to get read. Let’s face it, some of us are book hoarders.
I am a recovering one. Or at least, committed to change. It was easy to buy books when I was in graduate school. Much of my time was spent reading. In my first year at LSU, most of my waking hours were spent reading. And that is not an exaggeration. Grad school is intellectual boot camp and…
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I used to buy lots of books. These days I take them out of the library instead.
Cuts down on clutter!
Smart fella. I now do the same. My Book Club has only one rule, books must be available at the library. When friends give me books, I pass them on. Keep reading and writing. Muriel