If on a winter’s night…

On this winter night, Christmas 2010, we remain hopeful.

We’re beginning to read Italo Calvino’s novel titled “If on a winter’s night a traveler.” It starts thusly: “You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel ‘If on a winter’s night a traveler’. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade. Best to close the door….”

The novel continues to describe the reader’s experience at the bookstore looking for the book to buy, heading past “the Books You Needn’t Read, the Books Made For Purposes Other than Reading, … Books That If You Had More Than One Life You
Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately…, Books You Mean To Read But There Are Others You Must Read First, Books Too Expensive Now And You’ll Wait Till They’re Remaindered, the Books Ditto When They Come Out in Paperback, Books You Can Borrow From Somebody, [and so forth.] Sounds like stores we’ve been in.

Calvino then describes the reader proceeding to The Books You’ve Been Planning to Read For Years, the Books You’ve Been Hunting for Years Without Success, the Books Dealing with Something You’re Working On At the Moment, the Books You Want to Own So They’ll Be Handy Just in Case,… The Books You Need to Go With Other Books on Your Shelves, ..the Books Read Long Ago That It’s Now Time to Reread, the Books You’ve Always Pretended to Have Read And Now It’s Time To Sit Down And Really Read them… [and so forth].” Sounds like our store! We haven’t read Calvino before but this one seems promising.

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