"My work is crowded by artifacts of thought and expression which the culture hasn’t wanted to conserve." Confessions of a used-book salesman

My work is crowded by artifacts of thought and expression which the culture hasn’t wanted to conserve. And, of course, the number of actual objects the culture conserves is even smaller. If enough people want to read an older work, it comes out in a new edition. More often, I find the old editions, variably handsome or yellowed and trashy, which will almost all be tumbling in the darkness of a dumpster soon after I pass on them.

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