By Tom Raabe
During this tenth-anniversary variation of the much-loved Biblioholism: The Literary habit, writer Tom Raabe takes a funny examine the all-consuming love of books and has up-to-date the data inside through discussing the ever-mutating new E-landscape and its results on fellow biblioholics in all places. 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 examining at the task? have you bought or rented extra dwelling house only for your books? for those who solution "yes" to all or any of those questions, don't be concerned. you're not on my own. the complete restoration awaits you-just purchase yet another booklet!
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Pop it into the Cuisinart with The Art of Selfishness and eat it. Want to talk like Shakespeare? Hunker down to Othello and Hamlet stew and allow the bard's diction to get to your brain via your stomach. Sound crazy? Tell the Scandinavian political writer who was offered the choice of being beheaded or stepping up to a sumptuous repast of his own manuscript boiled in broth just how crazy he was. Tell it to satirist Isaac Volmer, who had to force down his literary efforts uncooked. Tell it to Philip Oldenburger, who was served up a dish of his own writing, which he had to eat while being flogged (the beating terminating only when the last morsel had been ingested).
D. Rosetta Stone reissued as book coffee table vis-a-vis a coffee-table book, with chess board and Trivial Pursuit pattern sculpted into top. Sales slow. D. " Publishing world chimes in with no less than twenty do-it-yourself tax guides. D. Sixteen-book floor display of Rosetta Stone falls on unwary shopper in Cairo supermarket. Back-to-Basics recalls all copies of "book" to avoid mass litigation. D. Ptolemy publishes Why the Sun Comes Up in the Morning and Other Imponderables of Every Day. D. Men Who Love Men and the Women Who Hate Them published in Rome.
Biblioclasts have never been at a want for reasons to destroy books. Some collectomaniacs of times past have destroyed others' books to make their own copies rarer. Others were moved by a demented perfectionism-they gathered up a number of imperfect copies of a book and, removing the flawed pages, substituted them with good pages and rebound them into an unmarred whole. Others still stripped a book clean of all illustrations or embellished capital letters. Censorious types ripped out offending pages.
Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction by Tom Raabe