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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Roger Ebert on why he can never get rid of a book. Would have earned the Hero tag, except Subby scoffs at his measly 4,000 volumes   (blogs.suntimes.com) divider line 84
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2009-10-10 05:15:31 PM
The more books you own, the smaller your wang.
 
2009-10-10 05:23:19 PM
Bucky Katt: The more books you own, the smaller more you know about the care, feeding and use of your wang.

FTFY.
 
2009-10-10 05:26:33 PM
Well, I read halfway through, and I think that having two Indian elephants in his place would be a bigger problem than a few thousand books. Just guessing.
 
2009-10-10 05:51:15 PM
I have a hard time getting rid of books as well. Even giving them to Good Will is difficult.
 
2009-10-10 05:53:20 PM
Bucky Katt: The more books you own, the smaller your wang.

Kanye West would like your autograph
 
2009-10-10 05:57:42 PM
Bucky Katt: The more books you own, the smaller your wang.

Another product of the Florida education system.
 
2009-10-10 06:03:52 PM
"Subby scoffs at his measly 4,000 volumes"

Aw, give the guy a break. He has to watch, like, 10 movies a week of which 8 suck ass and only one is good or better. That'll tire the eyes even more than staring at spreadsheets all week.
 
2009-10-10 06:06:58 PM
www.npr.org

Approves of article
 
2009-10-10 06:11:51 PM
Considering the fact that I barely care for Ebert's film reviews and find his political opinions contemptable I must admit that we have more in common than I would have guessed.

His describtion of his library and some of its' contents matches closely with mine, although without his resources I managed to max out at about 1500 volumes before I started to slowly winnow them down.

As much joy as a person can receive from them always remember:
'You don't own your possessions, your possessions own you'.

In the end it won't matter to anyone but you what you have but this is often just enough...
 
2009-10-10 06:11:58 PM
Does that include the Speed 2 novelization?

He gave that a thumb's-up, you know.
 
2009-10-10 06:22:51 PM
With a library of over 500 books (having lost the entire library 5 years ago to fire)...I can understand his reluctance to part with books. I do get rid of books that I don't like, but I trade them at the used bookstore for ones I want....but if you count the amount I get from the library on a weekly basis I can see having this many books. I just can't afford to buy all that I read. But to be fair I have read all that are mine (and not the husbands). Reading 5-6 books week will do that to you. I am not counting the close to 100 gig of audio books too....ah well
 
2009-10-10 06:23:03 PM
I cannot live without books. - Thomas Jefferson
 
2009-10-10 06:26:03 PM
"There is nothing less sacrosanct than a bad book, or even a mediocre book."

/Nothing is obscure on Fark, right?
 
2009-10-10 06:33:14 PM
Mr Ebert should go outside for a walk or something
 
2009-10-10 06:39:04 PM
So, this is the thread for Farkers who measure their book collections by shelf feet?
 
2009-10-10 06:43:44 PM
Stop pointing and laughing at my 600 volumes, subby!

/centerpiece is a complete 18-volume set of the 1864 New American Cyclopædia and yearbooks 1861-1866
 
2009-10-10 06:46:17 PM
I inherited a set of encyclopedias from 1925. They tell stories instead of writing cold, factual data. I stinkin' LOVE them.
 
2009-10-10 07:01:10 PM
They don't count if they have the words "dragon" "sword" or "quest" in the title, Subby.
 
2009-10-10 07:04:10 PM
Ras-Algethi: I inherited a set of encyclopedias from 1925. They tell stories instead of writing cold, factual data. I stinkin' LOVE them.

I have a set from 1923, and I absolutely LOVE reading them. They are the most politically incorrect things I have ever seen. For example, in the entry about Eskimos, all it talks about is how greasy they are because they never bathe and eat whale blubber.

The entry for ice just says that it is frozen water, but it is unknown how that works.

I love old books, I have a huge collection. And I never get rid of any of mine.
 
2009-10-10 07:12:03 PM
bah

i used to keep shiit
but now i don't

no cd's no books
i enjoy them and pass them on.


/still think books are very important and reliance on electronica foolish
//dark ages ahead
 
2009-10-10 07:15:46 PM
jimpoz: Stop pointing and laughing at my 600 volumes, subby!

/centerpiece is a complete 18-volume set of the 1864 New American Cyclopædia and yearbooks 1861-1866


Quality beats quantity. 600 good volumes are far better than 6000 Harlequin romances.

The old books are best, imo, they have the most character. I'm particularly fond of those with a bit of marginalia that show a bit of who has owned the volume in the past.

One of my favorites:

img199.imageshack.us

Being a first edition is nice, but I prefer the touching thought of it being a Christmas gift all those years ago.
 
2009-10-10 07:25:49 PM
I too am compensating for my small wang:

farm4.static.flickr.com

And that's not all of them.

/Not looking forward to moving.
 
2009-10-10 07:25:50 PM
I check out books from the library. I'm poor and stuff.
 
2009-10-10 07:29:54 PM
I have "only" a few hundred books. Among those are the Century Book of Health from 1905 that was my great-grandparents', along with a world atlas from 1883 that I bought exactly 100 years later at a flea market in South Bend, IN. I also have a book on cheerleading from 1961, along with a souvenir book from the 1956 run of the movie Around The World In 80 Days.
 
2009-10-10 07:33:28 PM
Bucky Katt: The more books you own, the smaller your wang.

True. Mine has gone from an outie to an innie.

But hey, I've got books! You just got an ugly old appendage...
 
2009-10-10 07:38:15 PM
What do farkers think about digitizing your book collection? I am debating downloading the pdf of a few hundred fiction books which i can read on a kindle (ones i read once every 4-5 years). Any downside I'm not thinking of other than not being able to loan them to friends?
 
2009-10-10 07:38:17 PM
I only have a couple hundred, right now (I had to move to a smaller domicile, so a lot had to go), but I love what I have left.
 
2009-10-10 07:39:43 PM
I love Ebert, even when I disagree with him. He's wonderfully eloquent.
 
2009-10-10 07:44:39 PM
Carth: What do farkers think about digitizing your book collection? I am debating downloading the pdf of a few hundred fiction books which i can read on a kindle (ones i read once every 4-5 years). Any downside I'm not thinking of other than not being able to loan them to friends?

Only downside is if you're stuck with DRM books for an orphaned ebook reader.

For example, a) my ebooks and b) my RCA ebook reader.

They stopped making RCA ebook readers. Then they shut down their online store. Then they shut down their database network. Then my reader, with all my DRM books, bricked. No one left to help me.

Never again. Now I go to sites like manybooks.net for public domain ebooks.
 
2009-10-10 07:46:48 PM
Candygram4Mongo: Carth: What do farkers think about digitizing your book collection? I am debating downloading the pdf of a few hundred fiction books which i can read on a kindle (ones i read once every 4-5 years). Any downside I'm not thinking of other than not being able to loan them to friends?

Only downside is if you're stuck with DRM books for an orphaned ebook reader.

For example, a) my ebooks and b) my RCA ebook reader.

They stopped making RCA ebook readers. Then they shut down their online store. Then they shut down their database network. Then my reader, with all my DRM books, bricked. No one left to help me.

Never again. Now I go to sites like manybooks.net for public domain ebooks.


I was going to download them in .pdf format from either a torrent an ebook site. Since i already own the book I'd liken it to converting CD to mp3 then giving away the disks. Fair use?
 
2009-10-10 07:54:08 PM
Yes, he may own all those books, but has he read all of them? I remember his Fellowship of the Ring review, in which he complains that the movie was a distant call from the book because the hobbits were not living in trees, and that the end of the movie left a lot of loose threads hanging and had no definite finish.

I had to think he was a moran after that. I don't mind it when people say they saw the movie and never read the book, that happens a lot (saw Green Mile, never read the book), but at least admit to it instead of hoping your audience is morans and not calling you on it.

/have two bookshelves worth of books, a library card, and an entire family that likes to lend books around
 
2009-10-10 08:00:04 PM
I have a few hundred books too. They don't take up as much space as they used to though.

www.roughlydrafted.com
 
2009-10-10 08:00:20 PM
mfaby: Considering the fact that I barely care for Ebert's film reviews and find his political opinions contemptable...

His describtion of his library...


Well aren't you the erudite mother-farker?
 
2009-10-10 08:02:19 PM
Ras-Algethi: I inherited a set of encyclopedias from 1925. They tell stories instead of writing cold, factual data. I stinkin' LOVE them.


I have a geology text from 1891. Fun stuff.
 
2009-10-10 08:02:41 PM
Tachikoma: Yes, he may own all those books, but has he read all of them?

This is answered in the aforementioned article you neglected to read.
 
2009-10-10 08:07:00 PM
When I moved into my current apartment three years ago I had about 1000 books.

Then I found about this:

http://www.bookthing.org/

Now I have about three times as many, and I've had to get rid of several hundred that were merely good just to make room for the awesome ones.
 
2009-10-10 08:08:16 PM
Tachikoma: Yes, he may own all those books, but has he read all of them? I remember his Fellowship of the Ring review, in which he complains that the movie was a distant call from the book because the hobbits were not living in trees, and that the end of the movie left a lot of loose threads hanging and had no definite finish.

I had to think he was a moran after that. I don't mind it when people say they saw the movie and never read the book, that happens a lot (saw Green Mile, never read the book), but at least admit to it instead of hoping your audience is morans and not calling you on it.

/have two bookshelves worth of books, a library card, and an entire family that likes to lend books around


His FOTR review (pops)

He complains that the Hobbits don't look like they did in his imagination, but doesn't mention them living in trees.
He seems to have missed (or forgotten) one of the central points of LOTR: that the age of man is coming, and the elves and hobbits and orcs will have precious little to do with it.

So, he had read the book, it was a while ago, and he skimmed it again before his review. All of which I learned from his actual review, and not the one you misremembered, or had never read in the first place and still decided to commment on.
 
2009-10-10 08:10:19 PM
You're all pikers. I have over 5,000 books and a tremendous wang.

/Arlington Heights, Illinois quarterly library sale FTW
 
2009-10-10 08:16:16 PM
Autistic Hiker: You're all pikers. I have over 5,000 books and a tremendous wang.

At last - the man of my dreams.
 
2009-10-10 08:22:28 PM
Can someone here explain Fark's hardon for Roger Ebert? The film critic is a dying breed thanks to the internet providing easy access to trailers and forums and whatnot.
 
2009-10-10 08:29:22 PM
siva: Can someone here explain Fark's hardon for Roger Ebert? The film critic is a dying breed thanks to the internet providing easy access to trailers and forums and whatnot.

Smart people who write well are a dying breed. There will always be assholes who want to get paid to watch movies.
 
2009-10-10 08:42:50 PM
Autistic Hiker: You're all pikers. I have over 5,000 books and a tremendous wang.

/Arlington Heights, Illinois quarterly library sale FTW


Aw, man. I used to live i. Mt Prospect and that sale was killer to get out of without abusing your wallet and back. Now that I'm in Chicago it's the Newberry one that kills me.
 
2009-10-10 08:44:28 PM
Every Readercon (a small literary oriented SF con in Massachusets,) we have Bookaholics anonymous. Just because I have books in every room and my car and will never go anywhere without reading material doesn't mean I am the worst off literary junkie.
 
2009-10-10 09:04:53 PM
queenstacela: With a library of over 500 books (having lost the entire library 5 years ago to fire)

Folks behind me turned their 900sq ft basement to a "library". They buy tons of books, read few of them. They just can't pass by a yard sale and see a book that they won't buy.

I have several hundred but they're books that I've read and enjoyed and want to read again. Not gonna keep a throw away paperback.
 
2009-10-10 09:05:17 PM
It means he doesn't have enough friends to give 'em to.
 
2009-10-10 09:09:38 PM
Trainspotr: Smart people who write well are a dying breed. There will always be assholes who want to get paid to watch movies.

This.
 
2009-10-10 09:12:48 PM
my mother never understands why I am horrified when she gestures at my books and tells me I've read them already, why don't I just sell them to the used book store.

/A Gentle Madness
 
2009-10-10 09:14:05 PM
Carth: What do farkers think about digitizing your book collection?

It's not bad if you travel a lot but there's no replacing curling up with a good book.
 
2009-10-10 09:44:31 PM
I'm sort of proud of my bookshelf. I feel a little twinge of regret every time I purchase a book through my kindle instead of reading one the good old fashioned way.

/lame, I know.
 
2009-10-10 09:46:14 PM
eddyatwork: Carth: What do farkers think about digitizing your book collection?

It's not bad if you travel a lot but there's no replacing curling up with a good book.


True. I've tried digitizing my music, too, but I prefer more tangible stuff.
 
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