A house without books

As you may know, I've been busy moving.  Yes, I'm leaving Cronin Park behind.  But not far behind, I've moved only a few blocks and a couple of stories.  I packed up and moved about a dozen boxes of books, some 17 running feet of shelf space.  Not a vast amount compared to the holdings of some of my academically-minded (and often larger-domiciled) friends, but probably a pretty high page count for the average American, if not the average citizen of the Peoples Republic of Cambridge.

Anyway, I moved the furniture around a bunch and I'm starting to think the old bookshelves are not what I need, so the books remain packed.  I live among them, but they're tantalizingly just out of reach.  Sure, I have a couple of books I'm currently reading out, and a short stack at work. Even Prospero was marooned on the island with some of his library, seemingly more than just a couple of paperbacks:

Some food we had and some fresh water that
A noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo,
Out of his charity, being then appointed
Master of this design, did give us, with
Rich garments, linens, stuffs and necessaries,
Which since have steaded much; so, of his gentleness,
Knowing I loved my books, he furnish'd me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.

- The Temptest, Act I, sc. ii

It's a bit like being on the road.  Hotel rooms don't generally have libraries.  Of course, I don't regularly read even a fraction of those books, but it nonetheless makes me itchy not to have them at my fingertips.  I wonder how long I'll be able to resist unpacking just a few. And after that, just a couple more...

1 Response

  1. Thanks for the excerpt from The Tempest. I love my books and I can't imagine being separated from some of them.

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