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By Tom Raabe

During this tenth-anniversary version of the much-loved Biblioholism: The Literary dependancy, writer Tom Raabe takes a funny examine the all-consuming love of books and has up to date the knowledge inside by means of discussing the ever-mutating new E-landscape and its results on fellow biblioholics far and wide. have you woke up the morning after a book-buying spree and been not able to recollect what percentage volumes you got or how a lot you spent? have you been reprimanded or fired for analyzing at the task? have you bought or rented extra residing house only for your books? should you solution "yes" to all or any of those questions, don't fret. you're not by myself. the whole restoration awaits you-just purchase yet another booklet!

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And, despite their specialized interest, they're forever moaning and groaning about not being able to keep up with the literature in their field. Their armpits get sweaty and their systolic heart rates hit three figures when they see a book heavy with footnotes. In fact, a great read for a scholar is a book whose endnote section is larger than the text itself. 5. Generally speaking, scholars are very spacey types. ) They may know the latest theorum in the microbiological structure of this or that, but they didn't learn about the Vietnam War until campus radicals took over their offices and shut down the school.

You fill us with longing. To touch you, to allow us the tactile pleasure of stroking your smooth covers, to clasp you to our bosoms and emit perfervid groans of delight. To see you, aligned in uniform majesty on our shelves, your bindings ever so glossy your cover illustrations and dust jacket megaportraits ever so inviting. To smell you, your ink and paper odors so intoxicating, so liberating to our pedestrian noses. (One contemporary biblioholic exults so in his olfactory powers that he claims to be able to discern publishing houses blindfolded simply by sticking his nose into the bindings of a book.

Ferguson rhapsodized. But Twain's party remained unimpressed, much to Ferguson's chagrin. After some preliminary inquiries about the mummy's name, one of Twain's group, the doctor, finally drove to the nub of the matter. "Mummy-mummy" he said. "How calm he is- how self-possessed. " The doctor wheeled in fury. " he said. "Trying to impose your vile secondhand carcasses on us! "6 Can we not learn a thing or two from this enlightened doctor? " Put two copies of the same book on a table, and the uglier of the two will fetch the higher price.

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