perils of stitching and prosperous armageddons.

not to worry.

my dad and i told my mom we were going to browse half-price books later this evening in search of some reference books on our respective hobbies/work. while dad and i love books (and the older the better), my mom doesn’t understand why we can’t just buy new “clean” books, or find what we need online and print it out. on the other hand, my mom can’t resist buying fields worth of fresh flowers, and my dad and i don’t understand the attraction of that. simply put, my mom more is drawn to more visually appealing things, such as clean, new books with crisp white pages, while my dad and i weigh things on a logical, more practical scale. for subjects that don’t change, why not buy older books? new books on these subject won’t be updated…since nothing has changed. insert interesting story here: my freshman year at Texas A&M, my tome-amorous dad tagged along to the university bookstore. as a petroleum engineer, he sauntered off the engineering section. a few moments later, he reappeared holding a statistics text. he told me that this was exactly the same book he used …in the 70’s. it was absolutely the same – same size, same cover, same information, same everything. the only difference? you guessed it: the price. he wondered, since his copy was in his study at home, how much could he sell it for to some unsuspecting engineering undergrad? which segues nicely into my next point – buying older, used books is cheaper than new ones, and at the prices we get them at (well under $10), even cheaper than the gobs of ink and piles of paper to print the same amount of information on. in addition, books are already organized, and more travel friendly, and most importantly, more waterproof! flowers, i argued, not only wilt after a extremely short amount of time (in relation to books), the cost per flower is usually ridiculous. ah, the argument of the aesthetic versus the practical – the never ending debate.

after the “discussion”, i decided to poke through my two bookshelves (organized by genre then size, of course) in search of proof of old books that are still relevant. i must admit, i met with some funny, tongue-in-cheek results. here are some examples of things that are still seemingly unchanged…

L to R: "Perils of Prosperity" (1958), "Reader's Digest's Complete Guide to Sewing" (1976), "Armageddon Oil and the Middle East Crisis" (1971).

L to R: "Perils of Prosperity" (1958), "Reader's Digest's Complete Guide to Sewing" (1976), "Armageddon: Oil and the Middle East Crisis" (1971).


2 responses to “perils of stitching and prosperous armageddons.

  1. epluribusgeenum

    What if you made origami flowers out of some book pages?

    Or, what if you bought her a book on floral arrangement?

    Her mind would explode.


  2. There’s definitely an aesthetic intrigue in an older book.


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