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A Reader Versus a Bibliophile

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

EscribanoI like orange juice.  I really like orange juice.  But I sure don’t make a habit of learning about the properties of citric acid and optimal growth conditions for Tropicana Florida oranges.  And I’m cool with that.

But I can’t apply the same to books.  Not the ignorance about the production of such an item, but my complacency about it.  I’m not talking about the words – I’m talking about the pulp.  The sawn, milled, pulped, compressed, printed pages glued between embossed cardboard.  That, my friends, is as far as I know about the physical shell protecting the tales I love.

Which is why I’m a reader, but not a bibliophile.  See, I throw my old books on the ground.  I bend their pages.  I don’t dog-ear them (except, very occasionally, for the really crappy ARC when I need to remember a particularly excruciating turn of phrase), but I stretch the spines.  And new books?  I treat them carefully, but I don’t bend over backwards to keep them pristine.  Just doesn’t happen.

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