It seems as if I had to divest myself of my own library before I could start reading any of it. The sheer weight of unread books can neutralize a person. I don’t know if I ever told you the story, told me by a young man who had a book business in Ann Arbor, about the poet Gary Snyder, who has delved considerably into Eastern religions, who never has more than one book in his house, which he is currently reading, and who then gives the book away, once read. I was selling, at the time, a number of my books to the fellow in Ann Arbor.
[Correspondence, 1987. Copyright (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All riches reserved.]
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