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    [–] [Serious] What book did you read that changed your life? MM2236 1 points ago in AskReddit

    My favorite. Spending a few months reading Cheever changed the way I viewed language, short stories and, for the most part, elegance. But some of his lines can be a little mean upon rereading.....

    [–] Is anyone else addicted to buying books? MM2236 27 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago) in books

    Been buying and collecting for over 30 years now. I totally get it.

    Started out not really discriminating between between hardcover and paperback. I was just out of college and wanted to be a writer. I read through most of The Paris Review interviews and when they would mention a book I'd make sure to go out and buy it. Now, of course, it's so easy to find interviews and with the internet you can find almost anything. But back in the early 90s there were still a few used bookstores in NYC that were not The Strand. You had to really go out and search for stuff. That was part of the fun.

    I also lived in San Francisco and there were still a few used bookstores there too. I remember when internet searching first became a thing I helped my uncle, also a big bibliophile, find a very rare set of books called The Elizabethan Stage, a long out of print book on stage directions.

    A few years ago, I started switching my collection, which had grown to about 15-20,000 books, over to good hardcovers and first editions. My paperbacks started to crack so I figured, in order to preserve my collection, I wanted to buy the best most durable copies I could find. I also discovered the beautiful editions like the older Franklin Library (with the real leather), Easton Press and, my favorite, The Folio Society (with slipcase). Those Brits sure know how to make a beautiful book.

    I also became an expert at covering the dustjackets with mylar covers, just like the professionals do, but that's another subject in itself.

    But hey, I can go on and on and on about buying and collecting. I still have a big library but I've moved many times, got divorced, and had to downsize apartments a few times as well but my library has always accompanied me wherever I move. I'm into art books now. They are, from what I've noticed, the one book that will usually go up in value if you take care of them. In fact, the last beautiful book I bought was a thick Jeff Koons and a great used book on the artist Jenny Holzer.

    The short of it is, I totally get you. You buy books for the absolute love of the sacramental, as Joyce Carol Oates put it. You fall in love with the physical object, as well as the literature. You love sitting in a room of books that you bought knowing, loving, relishing in the possibility of what you might read. Cheers.

    [–] If you could have ANY original piece of art in your home (you can't sell it or profit from it) which would you want? MM2236 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I like the architecture idea. I'd take a Wright home, any of them.

    Works by Pollock, Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, De Kooning, Twombly.

    [–] What smell reminds you of a past memory? MM2236 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Grew up in North Central Phoenix. The whole area used to be orange groves in the 50s and 60s. There are still many orange trees in the area. But that orange blossom smell.... always reminds me of the long hot summer nights.....