Saturday, August 3, 2013

TC Tidbits: Italo Calvino's Idea of a Bookstore

Sections in the bookstore:

- Books You Haven't Read

- Books You Needn't Read

- Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
- Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written

- Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered

- Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First

- Books Too Expensive Now and You'll Wait 'Til They're Remaindered

- Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback

- Books You Can Borrow from Somebody

- Books That Everybody's Read So It's As If You Had Read Them, Too

- Books You've Been Planning to Read for Ages

- Books You've Been Hunting for Years Without Success

- Books Dealing with Something You're Working on at the Moment

- Books You Want to Own So They'll Be Handy Just in Case

- Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer

- Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves

- Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified

- Books Read Long Ago Which It's Now Time to Re-read

- Books You've Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It's Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them

--from If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino

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