Saturday, June 14, 2008
I am a hippy. It's official... Not only have I been using a bicycle as my primary means of transportation, but I took said bike to the library where I checked out books. How did I forget about this? There is an institution that gives away my favorite things for free, every day! (Except thursdays.) Now, I know I don't get to keep them, but it is still a much better method than I had been using, which was to go to a bookstore, usually independent or used, and spend a pile of money on a stack of books that I don't know if I will even like. These books typically come to rest on the shelf, never to be cracked. If I do happen to crack them and don't like them they end up back on the shelf for eternity. So, at the moment my life is full of books I don't like, need or want. I have slowly been going through and selling or chucking the most obvious candidates, while, with others, I hold desperately to the hope that I will want to read them. Yes, it's true, I am a book whore. Now, with my new found love, I can check out books and read them and if I feel they really truly belong in my life, or I have the insatiable urge to highlight, underline, or otherwise deface them, only then will I go and buy myself a copy. I know that we should all support writers and I'll be damned if I ever write a book and tell people to check it out of the library, but hey, these are tough times man. Time to reduce, reuse and recycle, right?