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on my addiction

Posted on: August 14, 2006

A friend (who has recently entered the blog-world, here) lent me a book today, Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction by Tom Rabbe.

biblioholism is defined as: “the habitual longing to purchase, read, store, admire and consume books in excess”

This helps, ’cause it’s not necessarily about just reading. Browsing books, touching them, admiring their covers, typeface, smell…even owning them — all of these are sometimes more important than actually reading them.

An example of a book that encompasses all that is beautiful about books — Tree: A Life Story by David Suzuki and Wayne Grady, with original art by Robert Bateman. (The Amazon Look Inside here.) This book is physically beautiful. Obviously, with Bateman art, but it is more than that: it is a lovely small book, with a gorgeous typeface, pages designed with the reader in mind. The text is wonderful as well — the authors follow the life of a douglas-fir, from its first moments as a seed to the final stages as it decomposes, drawing the reader in with historical glimpses to give the tree a moment on our timeline of human history, and weaving science into the prose in easily manageable doses.

When I found I was going to meet one of the design team from Greystone (Douglas & McIntyre), I was excited…I wanted to express my utter admiration for such a beautiful work of art.

Yup. Books are for more than just reading.


2 Responses to "on my addiction"

People used to (and possibly still do) decorate their homes by buying books “by the yard”. Not to read; just to fill those pesky built-in bookshelves with colour-coordinated leather bindings.

I showed two people my house last week. One kept saying, “Wow! Lookit all the books! Boy! You sure read a lot! Why do you need all those books??” The other (you) never even mentioned the 10 books in the headboard shelf of my bed, OR the 17 books on the floor beside it. 🙂

Because that’s perfectly normal! I’m more amazed when I don’t see books in someone’s house (or next to the bed). Then, I can’t help wondering, “Where is their secret life?”

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