May 31st, 2005


Multiple copies

So, when I was packing things up to move a year ago, I noted that, between me, tirinian, and harrock, we had four Diplomacy sets. And none of them were mine. This seemed a bit excessive, especially since tirinian wouldn't let me throw away the most decrepit of the sets. I could see needing two, one for long-term games, one for pick-up games (like we have a lot of pickup games of Diplomacy...). And maybe another spare in case one wants to play Icelandic Noodle Diplomacy by email at the same time. But four? Four is more than any three people, including one who doesn't play games with countries in them, could possibly need.

Anyway, as Arlo Guthrie would say, that's not what I came to talk to you about. I came to talk to you about the books.

I've been cataloging our library. It's goofy and obsessive and tedious... but it's fun. And it causes me to notice when there are multiple copies of a book. Now, I knew tirinian and I both had copies of a lot of the Doonesbury books, and I knew we had two copies of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, and so on - but now I've found a book we have four copies of. Not Harry Potter, not the Bible, not Calvin and Hobbes - the book that we seem to have been collecting fast and furious is (wait for it)... Old Goriot, by Honore de Balzac. What the heck?

harrock's copy is filled with bookmarks with notes, so at least one of us has read the darned thing. I'm pretty sure I haven't. (Three different translations, for anyone who's curious. It took me a while to realize we have quite as many as we do, because half of them are called Pere Goriot instead.)
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