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Eric Sweenor
About My Library
Most people think I'm a complete freak because I'm completely incapable of actually deciding what to read next. So, I write all my unread books on little scraps of paper, throw them in a small box, and pick them at random. Of course, I frequently deviate from this ridiculous scheme, but it's nice to fall back on.

This is all stuff I actually currently own, much to my own chagrin. I can't help it - I find books cheap, I stockpile them for when I'll eventually get to them. In the past two years, I believe I've bought 4 books at list price. All the rest have been remaindered or used. It's much more fun to wander blindly into a used bookstore and find what's lying around for $3 that has someone's inscription written in the title page than it is for the immediate satisfaction of order the book, get it in 3 business days. Where's the sport in that? (Cheaper, too.)

The bigger problem, though, is when I use the interweb to buy in bulk. Shipping is free when I spend over $75! Well, why didn't you say so? Like my last order: $75 for 32 books or so. I need help.

Favorite inscription I've ever seen in a used book: a '60s vintage mass market paperback of John Rechy's sorta-trashy sorta-literary City of Night. Next to the author's dedication, "To Mom and Dad", continues an inscription from the prior page about how this is "probably the biggest dig in the whole book". Ouch!
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Bookstores: Ben Franklin Bookstore and Worcester Antiquarian Book Center, Quaboag Book Shop, Raven Used Book Shop (Northampton, MA), The Book Barn, The Book Barn Downtown, The Old Book Store

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