Do you Collect Books?
The library is the place for me. They have real books that don't cost a dime to check out and read at my leisure. What could be better than that? Owning my own library.
I once collected all my books in paperback form. I once had over a hundred paperback books and I was just a high school student at the time. Over the years, the pages became yellow and brittle. I hated that fact. It is a good thing not all paper back books or hard backs for that matter, turn color over time.
Do you have your own book collection?
I am trying to save my books, not donate them, but I know some people actually keep rare collections in vaults. How can that be a good thing? Nobody will get to read them.
The same holds true for rare works of art, paintings, sculpture and other hand crafted art forms, all on the walls or vaults of the very rich, out of sight and never available for the rest of us to appreciate.
I once remarked to my college architecture instructor, Mr. Gerwertz, that I thought our class would be better off on a field trip to Europe, so us students could get a look at the massive and profoundly breathtaking art and architecture that we were so limited to view from the basic images in text books and magazines, like Architectural Digest, which, I once had a one year subscription to.
I never got the chance to go to Europe. But I imagine people there take it all for granted, in the same way that America tends to overlook the fantastic art and architecture right in our own nation.
It seems we all need a way to see things to actual scale. There are many things that books do offer, and once you have seen exotic places in a book, you will likely want to go there and look at things up close, for real. It's unfortunate we do not have a way to just take off and see the world without having to pay air fare, passports, hotel and restaurant and travel guide costs. I once mowed a lawn for a couple who were retired from their jobs and they enjoyed telling me about their once a year vacations to far off lands. The man showed me several things he had collected over the years. It was his way of keeping something from every trip they made together, to remember it by.
For me, books are like that. Saving them, even after having read them, is like keeping a bit of memory of a moment I enjoyed, seeing things through another person's eyes and to an extent, walking in the author's shoes for a brief moment in time.
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