A slow Saturday in Meadows of Dan

After 40 years of relentless culling, I’ve accumulated a very modest libary of ‘keeper’ books. Few, if any of them, have any intrinsic value, being mostly bought on the cheap–some for pennies. But I’ve never catalogued, or even sorted them in any way, until today. My report: 403 works of literature (some multiple copies); 126 science/practical/culinary; 107 history; 61 reference; 39 biographies and 22 philosophy/religion. Dead last on my shelves? Politics–at 16 volumes. Go figure.


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  1. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    To paraphrase a country sign I’ve seen: “Politics don’t last. Good cookin’ do.”

    I would have thought you’d have been at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Sounds like Kaine gave ’em hell. He’s definitely, to stretch the football metaphor you’ve used with George Allen, throwing long. I think that’s a good thing.

  2. Jim Bacon Avatar

    That’s a fascinating exercise. I’ll have to give it a try when I find enough shelf space to catalogue the books in the attic. I dare say that two-thirds of my library would consist of history and anthropology and, sad to say, only two or three percent works of literature. (Rest assured, I’m not including Tom Clancy novels when I refer to works of literature.)

  3. Barnie Day Avatar
    Barnie Day

    Who is Tom Clancy?

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