At Home He's a Tourist

He fills his head with culture/ He gives himself an ulcer.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it for libraries to accept donations. Last week we picked up 50+ boxes of books from a former English professor. I was hoping that it would be a lot of good lit crit, but although I have found a handful of useful things out of the twenty or so boxes I've been through so far, at least 95% of it is unusable--stuff we already have, stuff that would be worthwhile except for being in the form of decaying paperbacks, and stuff that's just rubbish (a forty year old crossword puzzle book, ancient elementary school textbooks, park brochures, a box of National Geographic maps...) The labor costs of my sifting through all of it would seem to outweigh the value of those things we will either keep or sell. On the other hand, it's not as if there's a lot of other projects I'm working on at the moment.

By contrast I'm streamlining my home library by selling on It's interesting to Google the purchasers' names and addresses to see what I can find out about them. A frat boy bought my set theory textbook; a medical researcher from Rio de Janeiro bought Breaking the Spell; a New Age singer from Chicago bought my copy of Part's Passio.

I'm trying the online personals again, but I'm not having any more luck than my first attempt four years ago. Just the obviously fraudulent messages from Russia and Africa.

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The profounder is the stain
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