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2022-08-08 10:44:41 PM  
I give them to people I know who read.
The first editions aren't for reading. That is what the second eds are for.
If it isn't an investment tome, I give them away once read.
Its easier to buy new readers than to dust.
 
2022-08-08 10:57:20 PM  
Forget about our mothers and our friends
We're fated to pretend
To pretend...


James Joyce Reading Finnegans Wake (w/Subtitles)
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2022-08-09 1:32:34 AM  
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2022-08-09 1:40:19 AM  
The Critic - Buy My Book
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2022-08-09 2:08:39 AM  
FTA: Books continue to flourish as a commodity, but to other purposes: as vectors of conversation, signalling and setters of agenda.

Boy, these people read for very different reasons than me.   Perhaps they are just looking at the latest hip social commentary books at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list.    The ones that 'everyone is reading' and that they should be able to at least feign knowledge about at the next hipster party in Bed-Stuy.
What happened to slowly savoring an excellent book, whether it's fiction, travel, biographical, or a specialized tome on a particular archaic subject, large format and beautifully illustrated?   Even as a Gen-Xer pushing 50 in a few years, I find myself mostly alone in actually having a small library (maybe 300 books) and having read completely about 95% of the books I own.   I make it a point to hold them in a 'to read' pile before they go on the shelf, and when I finish one I browse the pile and pick one that suits my fancy at the moment.  If it wasn't a good book it gets given away rather than going on the shelf.Sometimes the pile gets bigger and sometimes I can make it contract.  Sometimes I can go a month without reading a single page, other times I find a book I like and read it intently for a week of evenings until it's done.  I always have one to two books with me in my laptop bag in the hopes that I will find an hour here or there to read them while on the road.    I try to vary the subject matter so if I get bored of one I can read the other, completely different book.I like physical books, the tactile experience of the the book itself in addition to its contents.  The cover art, the dust jacket, the smell of the printed page.  The act of reading.   Perhaps it's nostalgia, as that's all that was available growing up.  There is a certain zen to reading a real book.   I love looking at my bookshelf and remembering the pleasure of reading a book as my eyes scan past it.  It's like a treasure trove of good memories and bestowed knowledge and wonderful art.  Occasionally I will pick out a favorite book to re-read, or draw upon my reference library for information.  Couldn't imagine not having that, until I am no longer able to read.
 
2022-08-09 2:13:20 AM  
Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, I suppose, since all the navel-gazing and fart sniffing in TFA nearly turned me off of reading entirely.
 
2022-08-09 2:31:58 AM  
I think we just need a quote from Egon, and a pic of "I, Libertine" and we can shut out the lights here people.
 
2022-08-09 3:42:01 AM  
I'm gonna pretend I read the article and post my opinion, how's that?
 
2022-08-09 3:42:26 AM  
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore - The Psychiatrist
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2022-08-09 3:44:34 AM  
If people didn't do this, Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace never would have sold any books.
 
2022-08-09 3:49:20 AM  

harlock: FTA: Books continue to flourish as a commodity, but to other purposes: as vectors of conversation, signalling and setters of agenda.

Boy, these people read for very different reasons than me.   Perhaps they are just looking at the latest hip social commentary books at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list.    The ones that 'everyone is reading' and that they should be able to at least feign knowledge about at the next hipster party in Bed-Stuy.
What happened to slowly savoring an excellent book, whether it's fiction, travel, biographical, or a specialized tome on a particular archaic subject, large format and beautifully illustrated?   Even as a Gen-Xer pushing 50 in a few years, I find myself mostly alone in actually having a small library (maybe 300 books) and having read completely about 95% of the books I own.   I make it a point to hold them in a 'to read' pile before they go on the shelf, and when I finish one I browse the pile and pick one that suits my fancy at the moment.  If it wasn't a good book it gets given away rather than going on the shelf.Sometimes the pile gets bigger and sometimes I can make it contract.  Sometimes I can go a month without reading a single page, other times I find a book I like and read it intently for a week of evenings until it's done.  I always have one to two books with me in my laptop bag in the hopes that I will find an hour here or there to read them while on the road.    I try to vary the subject matter so if I get bored of one I can read the other, completely different book.I like physical books, the tactile experience of the the book itself in addition to its contents.  The cover art, the dust jacket, the smell of the printed page.  The act of reading.   Perhaps it's nostalgia, as that's all that was available growing up.  There is a certain zen to reading a real book.   I love looking at my bookshelf and remembering the pleasure of reading a book as my eyes scan past it.  It's like a treasure trove of good m ...


Shrug - I've got tons of them, but they're all digital.  The current backlighting on a Kindle Paperwhite is just beautiful, and for me almost entirely elminates eyestrain/worry about lighting conditions.  It's just way too damn convenient to be able to carry a few hundred books np in a package the size of a thick pamphlet and read them in whatever conditions I encounter light-wise np at all
 
2022-08-09 4:00:07 AM  
I just read and read. I reread. I dip into old friends. I read a favourite chapter, or just go hunting for a half-remembered quote. God I love my books.
 
2022-08-09 8:12:19 AM  
I'll just leave this here:

https://fantasticfacts.net/9503/
 
2022-08-09 8:40:26 AM  
Recommended

The Best of Myles by Flann O'Brien

The opening section develops into riffs on a service so that rich people can pretend to have read books.

I mostly re-read now. Due to my dyslexia -- childhood diagnosis -- a large page of text sort of  becomes a hodge-podge after a bit. So, I skip large blocks of it. My daughter teaches early language and reading skills and she tells me that there a lightly tinted overlays that actually help unscramble words for people like me. I've been afraid to try it. In my 70s going back to actually read the stuff I skimmed in my 20s?
 
2022-08-09 11:28:18 AM  
harlock:

I'm 42 and I have a library about the same size. I kept all my books from college (philosophy/classics, not true textbooks) and all the fun books I have collected in my life. I have 90% of the books digitally in my Calibre database but I cant bring myself to get rid of the paper books, even when we moved last month. I wanted to strip down the volume of books but one of my kids was looking at the wall 'o books with me and asked "Dad, have you really read all these books?" I replied "Well, not this little stack of 6 or so, but, uh, yeah. I have. And these are just the ones I kept." If nothing else, I made an impact on her - she isnt much of a reader (much more athletic) and now she is on the third book of a series she found and asked me to load on a Kindle for her.

Minor rant: I miss seeing people's media collections displayed in their home. You could scan their books/movies/CDs/games and learn about a person. Now, no one goes to anyone's house and when you do the shelves are empty of anything that tells you about the person. I love my Plex server, carefully curated over at years to be a collector's dream, but what good is it if no one can see that I care enough to keep Pryde of the X-Men or the Daredevil director's cut around?

In going to go tie an onion to my belt now. I once spent a day at a ski resort with a pitcher of beer and my book while my friends skiid and came by the bar once in a while. We all had a great day.
 
2022-08-09 11:41:51 AM  

TelemonianAjax: Minor rant: I miss seeing people's media collections displayed in their home. You could scan their books/movies/CDs/games and learn about a person. Now, no one goes to anyone's house and when you do the shelves are empty of anything that tells you about the person.


Well, I suppose what you wanted to know is all over facebook now anyhow.  :D  But yes, miss that too.  The one good friend who's house was festooned with books in every room has sadly passed away.

In going to go tie an onion to my belt now. I once spent a day at a ski resort with a pitcher of beer and my book while my friends skiid and came by the bar once in a while. We all had a great day.

When my wife and I go to Hawaii she loves to snorkel and I love to sit on the beach and read.  Works well for both of us.
 
2022-08-09 1:07:50 PM  

yakmans_dad: Recommended

The Best of Myles by Flann O'Brien

The opening section develops into riffs on a service so that rich people can pretend to have read books.

I mostly re-read now. Due to my dyslexia -- childhood diagnosis -- a large page of text sort of  becomes a hodge-podge after a bit. So, I skip large blocks of it. My daughter teaches early language and reading skills and she tells me that there a lightly tinted overlays that actually help unscramble words for people like me. I've been afraid to try it. In my 70s going back to actually read the stuff I skimmed in my 20s?


Sounds kinda cool to me, as long as it isn't brain damage level effort for you to do (hard to the point you're not enjoying it anymore.)   It'd be kinda like visiting some old friend you hadn't seen in a zillion years and catching up on what was what
 
2022-08-09 3:53:56 PM  
"If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't f*ck 'em!" - John Waters
 
2022-08-09 4:06:58 PM  
Col. Milt: [gesturing towards a pile of books] You read them all?
Marco: Yeah, they also make great insulation against an enemy attack! But the, uh, truth of the matter is that I'm just interested, you know, in, uh, Principles of Modern Banking and, History of Piracy.
[picking up books]
Marco: Paintings of Orozco. Modern French Theater. The... Jurisprudential Factor of Mafia Administration. Diseases of Horses and novels of Joyce Cary and... Ethnic Choices of the Arabs. Things like that.


Sinatra knew.
(usually library-associated) Cheap bookstores will be the death of me.  Walk out with a bag full of used books for half the price of a new one...The devil on my shoulder tells me, "You can't afford NOT to buy these!"
 
2022-08-09 7:06:21 PM  

Billy Liar: Col. Milt: [gesturing towards a pile of books] You read them all?
Marco: Yeah, they also make great insulation against an enemy attack! But the, uh, truth of the matter is that I'm just interested, you know, in, uh, Principles of Modern Banking and, History of Piracy.
[picking up books]
Marco: Paintings of Orozco. Modern French Theater. The... Jurisprudential Factor of Mafia Administration. Diseases of Horses and novels of Joyce Cary and... Ethnic Choices of the Arabs. Things like that.

Sinatra knew.
(usually library-associated) Cheap bookstores will be the death of me.  Walk out with a bag full of used books for half the price of a new one...The devil on my shoulder tells me, "You can't afford NOT to buy these!"


Heh - I've got a few d/l'd bundles of what amount to, "Hey!  You!  Here, have a shiatheap of assorted random interesting information!"
 
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