May 13th, 2002

Et libri mors mea erunt...

Predictably, I failed to resist the lure of the nearby bookstore, a Borders store, and quite surprised the teenaged clerk when I piled my selections on the counter. I'd like to point out that due to the tragic shortage of shelf-space in my room, I have resolved to and succeeded in exercising supreme moderation.

This was last Wednesday. Then, today, I rendezvoused with the charming ryba_kit (actually, you're better off reading her non-LJ site, full of surprises) in Berkeley, and she took me to see two wonderful bookstores featuring mostly used books, both near the beautiful campus of UC Berkeley.

Used books, unlike the ones I bought at Borders, are sometimes treasures that you may never encounter again. Furthermore, especially with very old books (i.e. books printed before 1920, say), you really need to thumb through a book to know what you're getting, so shopping for those on the Internet is a lot less attractive.

To make a long story longer, I list the purchases, and may make a few apologetic or defiant comments and thoughts along the way.

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