As I plod through Great Expectations and look wistfully at the other books on my desk/bedside table/floor/coffee table/kitchen table/entryway/bookshelves (obviously), I think to myself, “Why not start yet another erratic and nonsensical blog series?!”
…And so Weeding Discoveries is born.
In order to allow tangible knowledge and information (i.e. books) to flourish and grow, librarians must free allocated plots (i.e. shelves) of that which occupies valued space. Books that occupy valued space include multiple copies of editions/translations, books falling apart (literally) at the seams, manuals on Windows 95, etc. While this may all sound very sad and un-librarian, we assure you that is the most librarian thing to do. Removing a book titled something like, “Contemporary Thought on U.S. Foreign Policy and Soviet Russia” published in 1972 really only does everyone a favor. We are bibliophiles people, not hoarders.
During this process, we sometimes stumble upon some of the most exciting discoveries. So far, they have included the infamous piece of pie, lists/documents printed on that 1980’s printer paper (which I just discovered is called continuous stationary), lots of dust, and these two gems below.
Read the article Line on Liners to learn more about the Seamen’s Welfare Committee and Mr. Haight. And since you cannot read the inverted Russian proverbs, I will leave you with some of those.
Don’t look now, but someone is stealing your potatoes.
The kopek thief is hanged, while the thousand-ruble thief is honored.
The uninvited guest is worse than a Tartar.
-Signing off, Jenny Barrows (who was once told on a Russian train that she was en route to Leningrad…in 2010)