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Library Card

I like to own books. I want to slowly
accumulate a well-sized personal
library. I go to stores, I go to
sales, and I borrow indefinitely;
it doesn’t matter one bit to me where
a book comes from, so long as I can add
it to my ever-growing collection.
However, there is always something in
having a library card, in being
able to browse a taste and tempt my shelf.
I get no better recommendation
than from myself. How else can I learn who
to turn to when I am desperately
in literary need? Plus, it’s so cheap.

from the New York Public Library & John Keats

I pressed my face to the glass at the top.

Molly pressed her face to the glass at the bottom: to avoid glare, she said. We read it together, guessing at the pretty scrawl. John Keats to Fanny Brawne:

My dearest girl–

I wish you could invent some means to make me at all happy without you.

It went on, of course: first about a trip to Italy that he was reticent to take alone, then about her “back-biting” friends, and on and on about separation. We stood in the stoney hall, decorated brightly for Christmas, and read aloud to each other–my friend and I–a love letter.