Mapping the Terrain of Used and Rare Books
Cleaning out and organizing my walk-in closet filled with books…. at least starting to….
It doesn’t matter, it really doesn’t matter at all. Throw the damn things out. Exterminate all the brutes.
“The Five-Dollar Watch Mystery” Mystery solved – It’s a piece of shit. Yard-Sale pile.
What the hell is a “Kinver Rock-House”? And why is it signed? Why so many signed books? Am I some sort of hoarder?
I found some book about near-death experiences that is kind of maybe worth twenty dollars but I sense that nobody wants or will ever pay for it and I have no idea what to do with it.
I should look into being a volunteer fireman.
Frank Sinatra? “The Compleat Sinatra”? Yes, they spell “complete” like that. It’s a cool book, I kind of want to keep it. Oversized hardcover, dustjacket. It’s like one of those Grateful Dead encyclopedias that tells you every single statistic and what songs they played and in what order and for how long and how many times a year and in what venues and on and on…. except it’s FRANK SINATRA! What a weird fucking thing. If I were somebody else I’d pay a hundred dollars for this. Shit. I’m just going to shelve it for now. Fucking Frank Sinatra….
“Star Wars Jesus”…. I don’t even know what to say…. It’s signed, for the love of God….. It’s “Star Wars Jesus”….. “A Spiritual Commentary on the Reality of the Force”….. I’m speechless….. I’m going outside for a cigarette.
Why do I have so many issues of The Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Incorporated ?????
“Project OCCULT: The Order Computer Collation of Unprepared Literary Text” ….. I’m going to read it this afternoon. It’s going to be great. It’s some sort of MS-DOS binary experiment from the 70’s. My Goodreads review is going to go like this: “The book I just read is both irrelevant and incomprehensible. I don’t know why I have it. I’m slowly starting to hate myself.”
Maybe I’ll give up on being a real book collector and just accumulate millions of Danielle Steele novels and hoard them in a vault and drown in them like Scrooge McDuck does with his gold coins…..
Sorry this post was so random, but it helped me get through a little over half the books I have stored. Please let me know if you want to hear this kind of babbling again. Another book-review soon.