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Old 10-20-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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My 6,128 Favorite Books

My husband left this for me this morning:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...923017090.html

This is an article from Joe Queenan's new book, One for the Books, out on Thursday from Viking.

The Title: My 6,128 Favorite Books. Subtitle: How a harmless juvenile pastime turned into a lifelong personality disorder.

I stumbled out of bed, and as I was waiting for coffee, I started reading this. I couldn't stop. It is wonderful. Although near the end he has a rant against ebooks, the rest of the article is just breathtaking. One example, an explanation of why he hates people assuming he will like a certain book because of this ethnicity:

Writers speak to us because they speak to us, not because of some farcical ethnic telepathy. Joseph Goebbels and Albert Einstein were both Germans; does that mean they should equally enjoy "Mein Kampf"? Perhaps this is not the example I was looking for. Here's a better one: One of my closest friends is a Mexican-American photographer who grew up in a small town outside Fresno, Calif., and who now lives in Los Angeles. His favorite book is "Dubliners."

It is a joke in our familly that I am an ebook hoarder (I also have more pbooks than most, in bookcases, bags, etc.). I have almost 5000 in Calibre. This article really spoke to my obsession with books. My "So Little Time, So Many Books" philosophy.

I think Mobileread members with really enjoy this.
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