Re: last retweet. I've started making sure I buy books from online events I go to, from the store hosting it.
So far I've only bought books I truly want, but the fact is when I went to real life events I often bought books out of guilt. I am glad for the guilt.
I can afford hardback books, a luxury, & I'm delighted if I end up with extras to pass them along to pals & students.
There are few reliable pleasures these days. For me buying books from independent bookstores nearly whimsically gives me great pleasure.

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