The following are updates of some things I wrote on this blog 8 years ago:
Since elementary school I have been a member, in excellent standing, of the species Bookwormicus Americana, a critter that some researchers periodically think is nearing extinction but always seems to get in the mood for procreation and rebounds quite nicely, thank you very much!
As a Bookworm of impeccable credentials and long-standing I have seen the ups and downs of the book business and the ever-changing tastes of the reading public.
Many of the books in my collection are more than 400 pages long and some are twice, three times, that, so it amuses me when I see the look of fright on some folks faces at the thought of reading something more than 250 pages long, and/or more complex than a Stephen King novel.
I started out reading Hardy Boy and Nancy Drew books, then mysteries and horror, then Star Trek.
As my interest in history, politics and then movies, and later creative writing, poetry, classic American books, cycling, hiking, walking, cooking, cats, humor, Houston, Texas, faith and inspiration took hold my tastes in reading choices have changed accordingly.
Can I get a rousing AMEN BROTHER! from the congregation?
"I have always felt that it was commendable to buy books. I grew up with a liking for reading my own books, instead of someone else's. This preference I still have. I have my books strictly for use. I turn down the pages. I even tear out a few, if I need them. Books that I really use are much the worse for wear when I get through with them. I always mark them. When I read one of them a second time, which I seldom do, I generally can't remember what I meant by the marks I put in it the first time. But it gives you a feeling of having dug deep into the book, and it intensifies your sense of the ownership of it, to make big black marks down the side of it as you read. So I have always felt that one should buy as many books as possible. They are not like food, of which one should buy only as much as one can consume at the moment. Nor like clothes, of which a wise man will buy as few and as cheap as he can get by with. But of books he should buy all he can."
Rev. Carl S. Patton's opening paragraph in THE BUYING OF BOOKS from the Feb. 1922 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.
I read this paragraph for the first time in 8 years and see myself...still.
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