The Noble-Minded Hoarder

“The committed bibliophile is cousin to the obsessive, an easily seduced accumulator frequently struck with frisson. Cram your home with books, and you’re lovingly called a collector; cram it with old newspapers, and you’re derisively called a hoarder. But be honest: The collector is a hoarder, too—a discriminating and noble-minded hoarder, perhaps, but a hoarder just the same.”

via A Bibliophile’s Defense of Physical Books | The New Republic.

Yep. That’s me.

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Author: David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.

One thought on “The Noble-Minded Hoarder”

  1. There are differences between being a collector and an accumulator. Collectors generally focus their acquisitions on an era or a genre. Accumulators are not so discriminating. Hoarders are unfocused and amass large quantities of everything – ultimately vermin and filth.

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