The library

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I’M A READER, and I always have been. This lifestyle amplified in 1996 when I went on the wagon. When you’ve got a snoot-full, you’re not much inclined to open a book.

Most of my life I’ve preferred histories and biographies, factual stuff, over novels. That preference remains in place, but I’m a bit more open to novels than I once was.

Since moving to Mexico, I’ve read War and Peace and Anna Karenina, but I still lean more to histories and bios.

When we constructed the Hacienda in 2002-03, we had these shelves and cabinets specially made. The cabinets extend a good bit farther to the right. It all cost just $500.

It used to be a library, but now it’s a museum, a focus of interest. The books are dead. We buy them no more.

There’s a warm feeling to a library, no matter its size, so this will stay put. The shelves are good spots to place pictures too.

If you click on the photo, and then enlarge it, you’ll get fuzzy views of the two of us, my child bride’s father, her brothers, my daughter and mother, and so on.

Against the right-side wall is a wooden holder with smaller shelves where music CDs sit. The same carpenter — a guy named Angel — built that too, all to my specifications.

As with paper books, we no longer buy music CDs. Our music comes to us digitalized, and so do books, which fly through space and land inside our Kindles. We both have one.

I know people who continue purchasing paper books. I find this cute and amusing, and I attribute it to their not really having tried the Kindle option, which is so much more convenient. You can even bookmark pages!

They will, of course, get on board in time.

Hanging on the wall there to the right is an artwork that I purchased my first month here on the mountaintop 16 years ago. It’s titled Vendor of Hearts, but in Spanish, of course. It was part of an exhibit on a hotel restaurant wall.

It’s painted on butcher paper. And standing atop the old record player in front of that art is a witch doll. Lordy!

7 thoughts on “The library

  1. I love bookshelves like that. Warm feeling in the mix of books and pictures (who is that handsome gentleman on the left bottom shelf?) And that typewriter is great!

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    1. PS: Ah, the typewriter. It’s a 1923 Royal that was owned by my paternal grandfather, then my father, now me. I doubt it ever intended to land up in Mexico. The last time it made itself useful was 2005 when I typed my Mexican citizenship application on it. Since then it’s been a decoration. When I lived in Houston, I shipped it to New York City in the late 1990s where it was overhauled and came back in working order. Before doing that, it was pretty much frozen up.

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        1. And I have a thing for old typewriters and sewing machines. A few years ago I encountered a woman sitting on the sidewalk here with an array of antique sewing machines. It was lovely. I bought one for a song, and it now sits on a table in our hallway.

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  2. Interesting. Your reading habits seem to be the same as mine. I even have an ancient black typewriter on the shelf. I quit buying hard copy books some ago too. You might check out “Overdrive”. It’s your hometown library online for free downloads. I think you already know about KAT.


    1. Carlos: Thanks for the Overdrive tip. I know there are lots of free options out there, but I seem to be stuck, happily enough, in the Kindle system that has a credit card linked. It’s incredibly easy to maneuver. Usually I pay, but it’s a rare day that I buy something that costs over $10.


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