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A few words about books

January 4th, 2013 · No Comments · Excess of Possessions, Philosophy

Ah, books! — for some of us the hardest thing to part with. Book collecting is the most excused area of hoarding, often confused with intellectual prowess. But it’s still hoarding.

Remember that Umberto Eco book that was so popular, called The Name of the Rose? The one he wrote following that, Foucault’s Pendulum, was…. a bit of a tome. Few could get through it.

I’ll never forget the comment of one of my favorite teachers ever, the late Claire Kelly-Zimmer (art history, PSU) when it came up in our conversation over lunch the last time I saw her. She said, “Life is too short to spend any of it reading a long boring book by a man.”

With that one sentence, she freed up a good chunk of my life. Thank you, Claire.

And goodbye, all books that I do not love.

Next: book weeding: how I do it.

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