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So I have been collecting these rectangular objects for a while now. I like them because they have interesting squiggles inside and the outside portions are often brightly colored. What I always forget is what a pain in the ass they are to move.

Books pictured are perhaps two-thirds of my library.

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I have often noticed that we are inclined to endow our friends with the stability of type that literary characters acquire in the reader’s mind. No matter how many times we reopen ‘King Lear,’ never shall we find the good king banging his tankard in high revelry, all woes forgotten, at a jolly reunion with all three daughters and their lapdogs. Never will Emma rally, revived by the sympathetic salts in Flaubert’s father’s timely tear. Whatever evolution this or that popular character has gone through between the book covers, his fate is fixed in our minds, and, similarly, we expect our friends to follow this or that logical and conventional pattern we have fixed for them. Thus X will never compose the immortal music that would clash with the second-rate symphonies he has accustomed us to. Y will never commit murder. Under no circumstances will Z ever betray us. We have it all arranged in our minds, and the less often we see a particular person the more satisfying it is to check how obediently he conforms to our notion of him every time we hear of him. Any deviation in the fates we have ordained would strike us as not only anomalous but unethical. We would prefer not to have known at all our neighbor, the retired hot-dog stand operator, if it turns out he has just produced the greatest book of poetry his age has seen.
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, ch. 27 (p. 265 in ISBN 0-679-72316-1)

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The true soothsayers of our time are not hairy, howling outcasts luridly foretelling the death of capitalism, but the experts hired by the transnational corporations to peer into the entrails of the system and assure its rulers that their profits are safe for another ten years.
Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, ch. 4 (p. 66 in ISBN 978-0-300-18153-1)

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“A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razorstrap.  A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it.  A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane.  And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.” 
–Mark Twain

vintageanchor:

“A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razorstrap.  A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it.  A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane.  And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.”

–Mark Twain

(Source: vintageanchorbooks)

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