(50 percent of which isn't even here, directly accessible, but in storage, in New York)
"We love to buy books because we think we’re buying the time to read them.”
Well that's another subject in itself - the chronic collection of books. I have in excess of 200 that have come into my possession - bought, sent, found, got through my books-editor spouse - that i really seriously desire / intent to read, but are sitting them, in unruly stacks, in various places in the house, reproachfully staring back at me unread.
but the actual number of owned but unread books is probably much larger, distributed all over, on shelves, in boxes in the basement... things acquired during research binges for various books of mine own... things acquired in the Eighties and never read...
Another piece by Segal, on the theme of "I Collect, Therefore I Am"