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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One thought on “The Noble-Minded Hoarder

  1. Marcia Colwell Jaconi August 6, 2015 / 8:25 am

    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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