Thursday, May 10, 2012
Book (and other) Obsessions
Alison Bartlett's The Man Who Loved Books Too Much is a fascinating story of the rare book world, and some who can't get enough of it. John Gilkey loves rare books, wants to own a collection of them and can't understand why the world hasn't provided him with enough money to purchase them. Since he deserves to own these books (at least in his mind), he must come up with another way of obtaining them. Suffice it to say, none of his methods are legal, but they do make for a fascinating tale.
Adaptation while you're waiting on the reserve list.
Finally, I think the author A.J. Jacobs just belongs in the dictionary as the definition of obsession itself. From reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, to living biblically for a year, to trying a different self-help fad each month for a year, A.J. just doesn't know when to stop. At least he can amuse the rest of us whenever a new obsession hits him.