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 Post subject: GKC's Word of the Day
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:59 am 
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Tsundoku: the practice of buying more books than you can read. https://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-org ... -read.html

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 Post subject: Re: GKC's Word of the Day
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 Post subject: Re: GKC's Word of the Day
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:23 am 
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Mrs. Timmy wrote:
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That is a very nice site. And describes me in more than one way. Mr. Newton, quoted in para 1, is doubtless a sincere neophyte, but I am more at the level of grand exalted high Poo-Ba. Still 10,000 books is a good start. But the author speaks of a stack of books by the bed, and an aspiration/determination to read every night and weekend. A stack of books by the bed bespeaks a dilettante and the ironic laughter confirms it. Perhaps she will mature. At least her penultimate para shows the true spirit, though I still lift an eyebrow at the single stack in the ultimate one.

I am not sure I would separate the terms tsundoku and bibliomania as her quoted authority does. Certainly I indulge in both in a seamless fashion.

Which leads to bibliophile-talk. It may not be generally known that I collect Chesterton. For about 55 years. I have no expectation of ever acquiring a complete Chesterton collection, but with a selected definition of what I might find to represent closure (no way I'll get even everything generally published by him; too many "Best Of/Selected/Stories/Poems/ Essays/Omnibuses and too many surprise items can show up in limited editions. One does what one can. But under the definition that my collection is to include all of his work published for general public consumption, and closing my eyes to exceptions. I am about 2 volumes away from what will satisfy my minimum requirements. Upon which, I will expand my needs.

And another from the world of the terminally book-obsessed. My child, raised in, among, and on books, collects on her own (reads electrons too, don't know how that happened), visited me a few months ago. She has had an interest in a topic that is peripherally related to a topic that I collect obsessively. Has borrowed books on that periphery before. Sometimes I get them back. On the recent visit, she identified a couple of books she would like to run off with, from that same penumbra of one of my obsessive reading/collecting areas, which shall not be named. Then expanded beyond that, deep into the heart of my central collection. Total, around 50+ books.

Well, what can a dad do? I said sure. I'd even send them when they were called for.

I plotted. Some titles were still in print, and available for retail prices. Some of them I had duplicates of (another sign of bibliomania) So, as I looked at the 40 or so titles still vulnerable, I did the only logical thing. I abandoned my aversion to shopping on line, researched Amazon's used book market, slowly entered that world, and accumulated all 40+ books needed, over about 2 months. Plus some others for me, and for the wife...and it is now on-going. Just what I needed. Another enabling source. And my collection is not diminished, but enhanced.

I think everyone should acquire books, in as nutty a fashion as I do. Tsundoku forever.

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 Post subject: Re: GKC's Word of the Day
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GKC, I found Jack McD on Kindle. :cloud9:

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 Post subject: Re: GKC's Word of the Day
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Signum Crucis wrote:
GKC, I found Jack McD on Kindle. :cloud9:


I am happy for you.

I got him on paper.

Haven't seen him in 3-4 years

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GKC wrote:
Signum Crucis wrote:
GKC, I found Jack McD on Kindle. :cloud9:


I am happy for you.

I got him on paper.

Haven't seen him in 3-4 years


I've worn my paper versions out. :crying:

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 Post subject: Re: GKC's Word of the Day
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:19 am 
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Let me start by poking the beast. I finished and discarded a book on the Battle(s) of Cassino yesterday.

On-line is wonderful. I recently sent my elder a book on the prelude to WWII -- used, via Amazon. Yesterday, two unexpected books arrived, from Amazon. They address the China-Burma-India theatre (by Slim) and on Wedemeyer's planning efforts prior to that war. You see how books multiply? I gift one and receive two.

But I defer to GKC. My books, however, numerous are limited to 11 bookcases, several boxes and crates in the garage and about 10 stacks on the floor of the room we call the Library. Plus about four stacks next to my easy chair. I do, however, have all my books in one building. Some people need more than one building.

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 Post subject: Re: GKC's Word of the Day
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Highlander wrote:
Let me start by poking the beast. I finished and discarded a book on the Battle(s) of Cassino yesterday.

On-line is wonderful. I recently sent my elder a book on the prelude to WWII -- used, via Amazon. Yesterday, two unexpected books arrived, from Amazon. They address the China-Burma-India theatre (by Slim) and on Wedemeyer's planning efforts prior to that war. You see how books multiply? I gift one and receive two.

But I defer to GKC. My books, however, numerous are limited to 11 bookcases, several boxes and crates in the garage and about 10 stacks on the floor of the room we call the Library. Plus about four stacks next to my easy chair. I do, however, have all my books in one building. Some people need more than one building.


Behold he who induced me into on-line ordering, to acquire those 40+ titles mentioned above. Enabling, I calls it.

I learned long ago the lamentable limitations on your library resources. And self-imposed, too. And I adjusted my actions accordingly. That being said, the next inevitable annual box will contain two...objects, doubled wrapped. Each will be marked with an identifying number and a matching numbered, sealed envelope will be securely affixed there-to. In each envelope will be information, descriptions, possible actions, and requests, if some possible actions are selected, related to the respective objects. I will discuss this later, back-channel.

What is the Wedemeyer book? Is the Slim DEFEAT INTO VICTORY?

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 Post subject: Re: GKC's Word of the Day
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Slim -- yes. The other: An Unknown Future and a Doubtful Present: Writing the Victory Plan of 1941. USA Military History office.

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