Sunday, May 24, 2009

Salt and pepper, or the Woolf at the door

: Books ought to be so cheap that we can throw them away if we do not like them, or give them away if we do. Moreover, it is absurd to print every book as if it were fated to last a hundred years. The life of the average book is perhaps three months. Why not face this fact? Why not print the first edition on some perishable material which would crumble to a little heap of perfectly clean dust in about six months time? If a second edition were needed, this could be printed on good paper and well bound. Thus by far the greater number of books would die a natural death in three months or so. No space would be wasted and no dirt would be collected. -- Virginia Woolf

Salt: The Just One Book campaign

1 comment:

Sara said...

I think the answer to Virginia's query is nicely answered in your entry on Thomas Traherne above... sometimes it takes a while for worthwhile works to make their way into the world.
(Of course, I also wonder if Virginia was being completely serious, or if she was pulling a Swift - after all, she ran a printing press.)
This comment may or may not make sense; I'm not completely awake yet!