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#3401 - 06/12/00 01:02 AM Words about book-lovers
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So many books, so little time! Do you find yourself muttering these words
as you browse the shelves in a library or a bookstore? Rest assured, you
are not alone in your love of books. It was the Dutch writer Desiderius
Erasmus who once said, "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any
is left I buy food and clothes." This fondness for books subsumes a wide
range. At the extreme, books have been ascribed as the motive behind murders
(Don Vicente, a Spaniard killed as many as eight people to acquire a book in
1836), and there have been thieves who steal only books (Stephen Blumberg
of the US, stole precious books worth millions of dollars from hundreds of
university libraries during the 1970s and 80s, all for his own pleasure, not
for resale).

While we can't arrange them in a scientific table reflecting severity, this
week's progression presents words in increasing order of affinity for books.
Finally, to round things out, at the end we'll feature a couple of words for
people who don't share that love. So leaf through this week's words and feel
free to talk about where your bibliomania falls within this spectrum.


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#3402 - 06/13/00 08:10 AM Re: Words about book-lovers
paulb Offline
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Registered: 03/17/00
Posts: 460
Loc: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Anu, to complement this week's theme there's a wonderful quote by Sir Francis Bacon which appears on a poster which has been hanging in our house for many years:
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested "

We're almost kneedeep in books here; both my wife and I were librarians and the kids caught the reading bug as well.

Here's to books and the words in them! Long may they prosper!

paulb



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#3403 - 06/18/00 01:54 PM Re: Words about book-lovers
Jackie Offline

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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11609
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Amen! There are some authors I will be eternally
grateful to.


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