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Old 12-01-2005, 12:16 PM   #1
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Look Good! Buy a book!

Just don't bother reading it.

Books: Seen, and Not Read

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Dec. 5, 2005 issue - There are the books we read, the books we mean to read, and then there are the ones—c'mon, admit it—that mainly just look impressive on the shelf. Take "A Brief History of Time": the classic has sold more than 10 million copies and is hailed as brilliant—but good luck finding people who've finished it.

A recent study of 2,100 Brits found that more than a third of them buy certain titles solely to look intelligent—a bit of statistical confirmation of "book snobbism," something long suspected in literary circles.
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I typically won't buy a book until after I've read it and decided it was good enough to want to read again someday, or informative enough that I'd reference it requently. This is also the case w/ selling my textbooks - there's a select few that I'll keep/would like to have kept for future reference (West's Business Law which I bought for only $8 and sold for $65 (new is $135) but wished I had it, a good business writing textbook/workbook, the Microsoft Access text/workbook since I suck at Access).
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Old 12-01-2005, 03:54 PM   #3
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I rarely buy books, libraries are free

I occassionaly buy a cookbook or if a book is really interesting.
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I'm not going to read this thread, but I did subscribe to it.
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i've been too busy reading "infinite jest" (which sits right next to my copies of "underword," "the corrections," and "gravity's rainbow") to respond to this thread.

carry on.
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I have read most books in my bookshelf. Including A Brief History of Time. It's actually quite short. I suspect it is over simplified however. If I leafed through a college level Astrophysics textbook it would be double dutch to me.
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I'm the opposite. I read books I wouldn't carry in public.
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I'm the opposite. I read books I wouldn't carry in public.
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Chalk me up as a reading whore, too. I'll read anything that sits still long enough
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i read the jam jar. over and over for hours, approximately 2.5 hours.
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Old 12-01-2005, 10:57 PM   #11
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Many booksellers nowadays specialize in "books-by-the-foot," where you can buy just that for the purpose of giving your posh new built-in bookshelves an instant, prefab monument to your own nonexistent appreciation for the literary arts. Most often these consist of classy-looking sets of faux-leatherbound, embossed copies of "the classics."

We have in our own home library a fancy but utterly useless complete Shakespeare that someone gave us as a wedding present. The binding is lovely and our enthusiasm for the content genuine, but unfortunately, like most one-volume Shakespeare collections sold in stores, it has no annotations, making it pretty much worthless for actual reading use.

I got a laugh out of seeing Roy's God of Small Things mentioned in there, because I just recently got around to reading that and afterwards I thought, "Well, she's a photogenic lady with props from all the right dissident luminaries, but there is no way in hell six million people read this book."
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Chalk me up as a reading whore, too. I'll read anything that sits still long enough
me too.

i have a couple of friends who actually buy books because they're "pretty," and one acquaintance who goes out of her way to leave certain books lying around when people come over, to make her "look smart." do people not ask about the books and notice that she's really an idiot?

i have a massive collection of books, and i'm proud to say i've read pretty much all of them, but for the huge pile of must-reads by my bed. i read everything i can get my hands on.

and, for the record, i loved the god of small things.
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I have loads of books and I read them. I don't feel ashamed tho

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"A Brief History of Time": the classic has sold more than 10 million copies and is hailed as brilliant—but good luck finding people who've finished it.


I've read it several times......I guess I am an impressive snob!
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I got a laugh out of seeing Roy's God of Small Things mentioned in there, because I just recently got around to reading that and afterwards I thought, "Well, she's a photogenic lady with props from all the right dissident luminaries, but there is no way in hell six million people read this book."


funny ... i would never put God of Small Things on my bookshelf because i don't think it has much literary value at all.

sorry, but she rubs me the wrong way.

just saying is all ...


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