Q&A with Straight From the Library

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don’t worry—Librarian Judith won’t hold it against you—much)

The thought of mauling a book by bending back a page would keep me up at night. I believe there is a separate floor in hell dedicated to those people that Dante would have gotten around to writing about if he wasn’t so hung up on the numerology of nine. I admit this sentiment is a bit contradictory when you think that I then underline anything noteworthy in the book, write in the columns, and leave bigger notes on those pages where the chapter ends halfway up the page. Owing to the fact that I read prolifically, and don’t always finish one thing before moving on to the next, I’m always in search of more bookmarks.

While I love the artsy-fartsy ones that one picks up in a book store, I must confess that all too often my bookmarks take the form of unpaid bills (which seems a lot better use of the unopened envelope and the bill, to my thinking. After all, I wouldn’t want to maul that envelope either by ripping it wide open!) National Geographic has been very kind to assist me with bookmarking with their subscription renewal inserts. I have some choice recipes I want to be reminded periodically to whip up in the kitchen that make great bookmarks. Other current bookmarks doing active duty: a nail file; a stainless steel oven thermometer, some folded maple leaves, and a to-do list dating back to 1999 (which, as it turns out, was a good year for ignoring more practical concerns.)

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