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An essayist's tool

April 2nd, 2009 (11:50 am)

current mood: nostalgic

This is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me. I'm not sure what year they gave it to me--this is a ninth printing of the fourteenth edition. I think it was a Christmas gift.

It was the starting point for many essays I wrote in college. A reference to help me jump start literary criticism from time to time. I used it to find quotes that illustrated my points in letters to friends (I used to be a voluminous letter writer; whereas I once hoped people would save my letters, now I fervently hope they disposed of them). It was my ally in composing cleverly subversive screen savers on my monitor when I was a corporate drone. Along with some other references, it's helped me pair the thoughts of the brilliant and the famous with photos right here on this LiveJournal from time to time.

I see that it's in its seventeenth edition now. I suppose I could update my library so I could access quotes from more modern and contemporary thinkers. But I have such affection for this physical book and can't imagine getting rid of a happy connection to my parents. This is another of the times that I can see the value of Kindle. I could have the newest version, and it wouldn't nudge my old companion off of its shelf space.


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