Tear off the cover of a book and throw it into the recycling bin? Only if it's an old telephone directory!
Here is someone I can sympathize with on everything except for the books he chooses to discard! His "slam-dunk discards" would be my lucky finds. Maybe we should start a book exchange?
The editorial below appears in The Opinion Journal . The writer starts off with an interesting comment.
Giving my books the kiss-off
by TUNKU VARADARAJAN
February 16, 2007
"I was once told by an old graybeard (was he a teacher at school? an uncle in Madras? alas, I can't remember . . .) that a cultured man should have very few friends but very many books. I must have been a youngish mite at the time, for I feel that I've carried the imprint of those words for as long as I've been sentient."
(Want to read more? The link to the full editorial is below).
Throwing Out Books, an Opinion Essay