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By Tom Raabe

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During this tenth-anniversary version 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 knowledge 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 analyzing at the activity? have you bought or rented extra dwelling house only for your books? should you solution "yes" to all or any of those questions, don't fret. you're not on my own. the entire restoration awaits you-just purchase yet another ebook!

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Pardon Me, Sir, Would You Hold Still While 1 Impale You on This Spike? and Other Tales from a Chivalric Age published. Chivalry wasn't dead in the Dark Ages-in fact, it was born then. There was a right way for everything; etiquette books popped up everywhere. Self-help books take a turn toward pessimism with Sisyphus Books' Tough People Never Last, But Tough Times Do; When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Tortured; and The One-Minute Executioner leading the charts. Humor books are rare, the only real money-makers being The Teutonic Plague, a French classic, and Garfield Gets the Buboes.

All do it; all are suitably sensitized. But as with all fine lines, this one becomes pretty broad when we consider the biblioholic excess of bibliotaphy-the burying of books. Although bibliotaphy encompasses also those biblioholics intent upon ensuring their books' safekeeping by lodging them away in safes and steel-lined rooms, these are not the extreme examples of the condition. The hard-core cases put them right into the ground. Some do so out of messianic dreams. John Stewart, for example, believed humanity had a chance to make it in the long run only if his books-The Apocalypse of Nature, the Harp of Apollo, the SophiometeT- were saved from the conspiracies of world rulers of his day.

Sorting through rolls of coins from the bank, sticking them into little triptych books, rolling the coins back up, trotting back to the bank for more- it has all the elements of intense and moving drama. I did all that and more. And then, in the hobby's climactic moment, I got out my collection and "worked on" it-that is, I would get it out and look at it. "2 After that I got into maps. In those days road maps were provided free at the largess of the major oil companies. I had about five hundred of them.

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