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03 September 2009


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The other day I gave my nephew a book about twentieth-century baseball, and he said, "What's the twentieth century?" I'm old.

Ho ho hu hoo ha ha! How soon they forget! That's totally a Reader's Digest squib right there-- I forget what they them: this modern life, or something?. You gotta think commoicially, Sarah. Giving stuff away free on the internet is sooo 21st century.

I miss the 20th century so bad, warts and all. I was born 40 years too late. If I live to be 77, it will be 2049. I can tell you right now that 2049 is gonna suck hard for a 77-year-old.

You don't have to tell someone who dislikes self-service grocery lanes, iphones, ebooks, and Facebook how hard 2049 is going to suck. Luckily by then I hope to be ensconced firmly in my "I'm not listening to a word you say, I'm just bitching about my health complaints" years. I think I'll be good at those.

I still say Martin Millar says it best: "Modern world continues to disappoint." (http://martin-millar.blogspot.com/2009/02/modern-world-continues-to-disappoint.html)

What a great picture! Anne Fadiman refers to a specialized collection as an "odd shelf" -- hers is stuff about the Arctic. Larry McMurtry's specialty is women travelers, especially from the 19th century. I think you're on to something wonderful.

I'm glad you like the picture too. And I love the idea of an odd shelf--except I fear that's what all my bookshelves are! :)

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