The Public Library near where I live held a one-day used book sale recently. I got there shortly after it opened in the morning, hoping to find a book or two of interest. A few minutes later, I learned that a man had donated (for this sale) his collection of 500 old books on one of my favorite subjects: the movies, including biographies of directors and actors, movie history, Hollywood, the stories behind some of the great films,  etc. I ended up selecting almost 50 of those books, filling two large boxes at a cost of $10 a box. It’s been a long time since fortune favored me with so bounteous a cache for so little cash.

So now, on top of already owning a not-inconsequential number of unexplored tomes, I find myself even more bogged down with unread books I need to find time to read…..or, at minimum, get to a place where I can see daylight at the end of the bog. Therefore, I’m going to skip a post or two in my usual post-every-five-days schedule.

In the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “I shall return” — sometime in December, presupposing I won’t still be SWAMPED/haven’t gone blind. See ya later, alley-gators….

At least, that’s the time-frame in my crystal ball, but in my Lorenz Hart of hearts, who knows….



  1. arekhill1 says:

    I think it’s the light at the end of the tunnel, Sr. Muse. I’m pretty sure it’s the banshee at the end of the bog. I am going to Australia myself on 12/8. I’ll be keeping up my twice-a-week schedule, but whether it will be on Australian time or PCT I have yet to discover.

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  2. mistermuse says:

    Have a great time in the land down under, Ricardo. Although I won’t be posting myself for a while, I’ll still be checking in on yours and other posts occasionally, so I’ll look forward to your reports from the under-world.

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  3. lol – I have NO room for another new book without building new shelving ::groan:: – so I don’t dare go to those library book sales. I’m practically terrified that I’ll come across a find like yours for my own jones (neuroscience and theatre).

    Congrats on your find. Will you be reading or shelf-building for the next few weeks? 🙂
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  4. mistermuse says:

    If I know what’s good for me, I’ll start making room for more books before I start reading them. For one thing, I tend to get drowsy while reading, and doze off after a while — which I wouldn’t do if I were spending that time creating more space in the first place. On the other hand, that sounds too much like work, which makes me tired just thinking about it (as opposed to doing it). So I think I’ll solve that dilemma for today by taking a nap, and worry about it tomorrow.


  5. Wow. 50 books! That would take me years and years. Those library books sales are great, though. 🙂

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  6. mistermuse says:

    By buying 50 books, I probably bit off more than I can chew (or should I say, more than I can read) unless I live to be the world’s oldest man, but at least (between that and my other interests), I’ll never be wanting for things to keep me out of trouble! 🙂

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  7. Don Frankel says:

    Running out of space for books is why God, Mother Nature, the Big Bang or whoever you prefer invented the Ipad.

    Great Rodgers and Hart there Muse.

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  8. mistermuse says:

    Thanks, Don. Great song sung by a great vocalist — “Who could ask for anything more?” (from Gershwin’s I GOT RHYTHM)


  9. Don Frankel says:

    Muse, funny you should think of Gershwin because every once in a while when I’m listening to a Rodgers or Gershwin tune, I’ll pause for a moment and think, that guy’s an effing genius.

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  10. Mél@nie says:

    quick translation from French:”The time of reading, just like that of loving, does expand our lifetime.” (Daniel Pennac)
    * * *
    I like reading and a book has often “dragged” me to another one… do literature and books fill up our life?!… I think so… 🙂

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  11. mistermuse says:

    Thank you for the quote. Here’s another pause-for-thought ‘quickie’: “A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.” –W. H. Auden


  12. literaryeyes says:

    A perfect storm of books, daunting and wonderful at the same time. Ride (read) it out!

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