Re: back swot on a British snot

From: James Rovira <>
Date: Tue Jan 28 2003 - 11:13:27 EST

Yeah, John, I'm very familiar with all the feelings you
describe....receipts, bus tickets, personal notes, a class schedule, an
inscription -- I love running in to these when I buy a used book -- but
reading the notes that people write in the margins of library and other
used books makes me want to beat my head against a wall sometimes...gah.

I used to be happy with owning the used paperback copies I could get
cheap. Then they kept falling apart. So I moved on to the next stage
of the addiction -- having to own hardcovers of what I want to keep. It
was just a short hop from there to wanting first editions. I mean, if
you're going to keep a book, may as well get something worth keeping,
right? Then signed first editions.

It's all downhill from here.


John P Baumgardner wrote:

>One more note on my love of used books - I love to find old bookmarks,
>inscriptions, notes or anything inside an old paperback. I'd rather have a
>note inside the cover, such as a father giving the book as a gift for
>Christmas '62, than the author's signature. I try to write a note in every
>book I give (and I love to give them). And I always leave the book store
>receipt tucked somewhere in the book. Little memorabilia that someone down
>the road may find fascinating. Hopefully even more fascinating than a
>lousy signature.
>John Baumgardner
>PS. I just read a copy of Slaughter House Five that was chock full of
>notes. Some of them opened my eyes to a whole new perspective, some were
>flat out off the mark. It was like reading a book and discussing it at the
>same time (as long as one enjoys the listening end of discussions). It was
>almost Tralfamadorian.

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