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Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Abundance of a Bookstore (A List)



I always enjoy reading book-related lists but this one from Italo Calvino, quoted in The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, is special. Calvino's novel If on a Winter's Night a Traveler describes the "abundance of a bookstore" this way (I put the categories into list format):



1. Books You Haven't Read

2. The Books You Needn't Read

3. The Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading

4. Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written

5. The Books That if You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read but Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered

6. The Books You Mean to Read but There Are Others You Must Read First

7. The Books Too Expensive Now and You'll Wait Till They Are Remaindered

8. The Books Ditto When They Come Out in Paperback

9. Books You Can Borrow from Somebody

10. Books That Everybody's Read So It's as if You Had Read Them, Too
That should about cover it.
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