Friday, October 06, 2006

Sampling the wares

I would be a better library worker if I didn't get keep stopping to skim the books on the shelves. At 8 in the morning finding books is the perfect job: no one else is in the stacks yet. I don't have to talk to anyone. I'm very efficient when it's dusty old psychology manuals or novels, but the art books and social sciences are completely distracting.

My favorite shelves are the HQs on the back of the third floor, with titles like The Essential Guide to Gay and Lesbian Weddings (roses all over the cover on this one), Prostitution : an Illustrated Social History, and the delightfully alliterative Queer Iberia. They have lots of words like "negotiating" and "deconstructing" and "subjectivity". It's addictive.

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