Thursday, December 08, 2005
The Smell of New Books
Does anyone actually like new books? Ones with shiny covers and unbent spines? My boss is obsessed with them, insists on putting them on about eight displays around the library and throws out 'shabby' 'damaged' and just plain 'old' books constantly. It's like an obsession. He wants his library to look affluent. He wants people to think we've got so much money we can throw books away. This is all very reasonable, except The Public (his heroes) are more interested in the battered books in the for-sale section than the umpteen stands of glossy hard-backs. Although to be honest, all the new books are on reiki healing anyway.