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Packing My Library

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From: batdina Date: July 11th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
we obviously went to the same university for a long long time. Huh.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 12th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Totally. If that's not a been-at-Berkeley-(and-in-Moe's)-too-long shelf, I don't know what is!
quuf From: quuf Date: July 11th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The Gay Militants looks like a real 'keeper'.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 12th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes. It's quite alarming. Back in the days -- I think it's from 1970 or so -- when anyone declaring gayness was a "militant."
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 12th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Charlie! You were supposed to use that!

I saw that dry eraser peeking out behind some bramble outside of Old Main on the way to one of my photography classes and remembered how earlier in the day you had wiped the board *mostly* clean with your shirtsleeves...or maybe it was with your bare hand. Either way, I was ecstatic when I found it–clearly a perfect find.

Much love, Jim Martin
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 12th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Charlie! You were supposed to use that!

Alas, the archivist in me couldn't turn my warm feelings into cold utility. It has been proudly displayed on that shelf ever since!
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: July 12th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Benjamin! No, not on these shelves but in you and your shelves. Even better! I miss Benjamin. And you and your shelves, of course. I always loved staring at those shelves feeling so very under-read and yet better informed just by reading the spines than I would have been otherwise.

The Benjamin essay on libraries was the first thing I read when I moved here, you know, when I was feeling so very strange about all the packing and unpacking...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 13th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's one I referred to many times in that office when students, looking around at all the books, would ask me if I'd read them all. I actually think I underestimated the percentage I'd finished for rhetorical purposes, given the need to reinforce Benjamin's point. I tended to shelve books I'd read already but didn't imagine referring to regularly there, because I was less likely to need them at home.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: July 14th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Of course, I wouldn't even know Benjamin if it wasn't for you and your library, you know. So hooray for that. I have so many books on my shelves that I haven't read. I'm sure it will only get worse. Or better. Depending on how one thinks of that accumulation. I like to think better--except when I have to move them to a new apartment.
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