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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The things we find, browsing a used bookstore


 Used books often have a surprise something extra in them, and it is usually welcome, to me: old boarding passes, a program to a show, a photo, the paper money of other countries, sometimes no longer in use. In a small town, a used books store can also have a sort of slow-moving gossip hidden on the shelves—the book signed by a local author to another local author or scholar, and when you know them both, it works as a strange sort of subtext.

Yes, it might mean very little. But it might not.

And sometimes, a book, but especially, a collection, is a death announcement.
Alexander Chee, "On Buying Books From the Dead," LitHub, October 27, 2015

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