Monday, August 12, 2013
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This week's question is: What do you do with your books after you’re done reading them?
MY ANSWER: There seem to be three tiers of what I do with books.
Tier 3 : Set them down on a bus station bench when no one is looking and walk away quickly. This tier is for those really horrible books that you want to forget you ever read but are too fundamentally opposed to burning books to do the right thing. You can't give them to friends because they'd know you read it, and you can't give it to a library because, good lord, these books must be stopped no matter the cost. Your hope is that a homeless man will take it and shred it into little pieces like a bird building a nest. Best possible outcome.
Tier 2 : Most books fit this tier. I love to give them to friends, send to the library, or trade them into a used book store for more books. Ninety percent of my old books fall into this category.
Tier 1 : Oh, fabled Tier 1, what rarefied air you inhabit! This is where I put the handful of books that I still have trouble believing were actually written and not just yanked from my heart while I was dreaming. Tier 1 books have to stay nearby, to physically represent how close they are to me, for the way they helped me discover something about myself, form lifelong opinions about weighty issues, or just enriched me in a way that only a special book can.