The Joy of Stacksploration

img_00571There are many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many great reasons to join the Mercantile, of course, but one of the best, in my opinion, is the fact that our eclectic stacks are open to members.  Any schmoe with $45 to burn can bypass the librarians entirely and head straight for the old timey self-defense methods section, say, or to our extensive collection of vintage and thus wonderfully unhealthy cookbooks.

Some stacks explorers are like Lewis & Clark.  They focus their attention intently on one specific part of the collection.  One of our most loyal patrons has been reading through our collection of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe novels, for instance.  Another worked her way through a bunch of Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret books.

But I think the Captian Sir Richard Francis Burton– the go anywhere, explore anything brand- of stacks explorers has to be Fritz H., the guy who first showed me the Scientific Self Defense book I linked to way back in paragraph 1.  He stopped by on Saturday to return some discoveries from his latest expedition- The Guns of the Navarrone and Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean (Fritz’s review: “The movies were better”) (but hey, at least he’s one of the few people who can say that with authority) and a first edition of Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely, which, being a first edition, contains passages that do not appear in later editions.  Let me say that again: the copy of Farewell, My Lovely that you will find in our stacks contains passages that you will not find in the copy you can get at your local book superstore website.  It’s as if Raymond Chandler expanded one of Fritz’s favorite books… from beyond the grave!

If putting dead writers to work for your amusement doesn’t send you to the stacks, I don’t know what will.  Achluophobics who would like to poke around the stacks should rest easy.  We’ve got your ADA compliance right here:


-Norm De Plume

Published in: on April 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Norm,
    The best things about the stacks are the mysteriousness, cast iron, the glass, the passageway along the windows and the fact that you turn the lights on as you go. I suppose you might call it spelunking for books.

  2. Maybe we should tie safety ropes to the circulation desk when brave souls venture into the stacks.

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