posted on Nov, 17 2008 @ 02:48 PM
Thanks for the OP, interesting but pretty much what I would expect given the state of affairs I see around me. One aside to the fact that the general
population doesn't read is that they can't spell either. And with the advent of text messaging and other sundry insults to language, I'm afraid
that things will probably not get much better. Why read if you can't understand what the words mean?
Once upon a time (pun intended), I too bought books and acquired a considerable library that I was very proud of. I had my favorites that I would pull
down from time to time to read again but many were just collecting dust.
Then I remembered reading a passage once that helped me change my mind on how I viewed my collection. In summary it went... A man went to visit his
friend and they retired to the host's den to talk. As the man entered the room he was astounded by the multitude of books that filled numerous
shelves along the walls. "Have you read all of these books?" he asked. "Now, my good fellow", the host replied, "what good would a library be
full of books I've already read?"
With that, I boxed up all of my books and took them to my local library for others to enjoy. The librarian was somewhat taken aback when I told her
that I had some books to donate and needed to know which door I should back my truck up to.
I live in semi-rural upstate NY and we don't have many large libraries around, unless you were to go to Rochester or Syracuse, but someone came up
with the beautiful idea to combine all of the smaller libraries in the area into a collective network, accessible to anyone. There are 40 libraries in
this network and all I have to do is go to the central database online to find what I want. A transfer order is filed for that book at whatever
library it happens to be in, and then sent to my local branch where I pick it up.
I have fun wandering around the stacks of several of the local branches and finding some of the books that I've donated.
I don't buy "bookstore" books anymore. I read all I want for free from the library (outside the occasional late fee of which I am frequently
Happy reading. Oh, and I've always been a huge fan of Science Fiction, especially the short story and novella varieties. Set up the story, make your
point, and conclude. It is quite an art when done well and which some of the more long winded authors should practice once in awhile (like this post