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  •  I go to the Portland (ME) public library (8+ / 0-)

    twice a week. Everything I have checked out is in good shape. It's a great library. I don't know what I would do without it and I own over one thousand books.

    Craft is what emerges when you hit inspiration over the head with a stick.

    by commonmass on Wed May 04, 2011 at 07:47:59 PM PDT

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    •  I own over 3,000 books. down from after having (10+ / 0-)

      to downsize after a bitter decades long divorve - custody battle, and eventually bankruptcy, due to some health issues.

      I will rebuild my library though, one day, and inherit a forth of my fathers which is larger.

      I still love the feel, and sight of paper, and the weight of the books, in my hands.

      Sadly, though, as I get older, an need more light, I find it easier to read a well lit screen, with highly tuned contrast ratio, and brightness adjustment.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Wed May 04, 2011 at 07:52:25 PM PDT

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      •  I happen to be the proud owner (8+ / 0-)

        of a first edition of something called "A Memorial History of Boston", published in the 1870's. The only other complete four volume copy I know of is in the Boston Athanaeum.

        I will keep my books, thank you.

        Craft is what emerges when you hit inspiration over the head with a stick.

        by commonmass on Wed May 04, 2011 at 07:55:25 PM PDT

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        •  I love old books. (6+ / 0-)

          I lived in Cambridge half-way between MIT, and Harvard for a long time.

          Students who had waited to the last minute before moving home for the summer would leave most of their used textbooks, out in the garbage during those last weeks, and I'd stroll down the streets picking up amazing finds.

          I also particularly love old books.  I have about 2/3 of a complete set of the Encyclopedia Brittanica from the late 1800, I think,  they'd been in a storage facility for a long time.

          If fun to read, to see how people thought differently in those days.

          The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

          by HoundDog on Wed May 04, 2011 at 08:01:08 PM PDT

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          •  One of my favorite "found" medical texts (6+ / 0-)

            was found by my ex when he was a med student in Houston, TX. Written by a certain Dr. Golighter in the 60's but the edition in question is updated to I think 1978, it's called "Surgery of the Rectum, Colon, and Anus". Illustrated. It was a "coffee table" book in my house for a long time, to the utter chagrin of many of my houseguests.

            Craft is what emerges when you hit inspiration over the head with a stick.

            by commonmass on Wed May 04, 2011 at 08:05:48 PM PDT

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