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The Dog-Ears of Summer
April 29, 2010 |
Post to the Host:
Hi! Would you please say something about people who fold or mangle or dog-ear the pages in a library book instead of using a bookmark. I recently finished your Christmas book (loved it!) and am now reading your book about Lutherans, and in both of them someone had consistently folded the pages back to save their place (what a loser!!) Obviously a pet peeve of mine, but I was an English major for three years before switching to philosophy. Thanks.
An author is so grateful to have readers that somehow I can't find it in my heart to condemn those who fold or mangle it's as if you lived alone in the forest and you got visitors for the first time in years and you loved their company, their conversation, but you criticized their poor table manners. Sometimes people bring me books to autograph and I can see only too clearly that the book is unread. And then I see, written in pencil on the title page, "$1" they bought a remaindered book that they want me to sign and they didn't even bother to mangle it a little bit to make it look read. Of course I don't say anything, but nonetheless an author craves readers, and if some of them are rough with the book, well, it's better than sitting undisturbed on the library shelf.