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Window-shopping for Antiquities

Papermustache checks out the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Fair, experiences a serious case of sticker shock, and gets philosophical about a $75 copy of Ishmael Reed's Mumbo-Jumbo.

What would I do with such a book? Would I dare read it? Would it just sit on my bookshelf until I die and my grandkids sell it to buy their new fangled jet-packs? However, the real question, and perhaps more philosophical question, is 'What is the value of a book beyond its words?'

For me, unless it's a signed first edition of The Man With the Golden Arm with Algren's thumbprint embossed into a beer ring on the front cover from a bottle of Prager that he himself consumed: nothing.

September 1, 2006 in Books | Permalink