With Continual Reference to Justin Kahn.

Monday, January 28, 2008

This is Our Last Goodbye.

I wanted to give you, dear readers, a chance to beg me for a part of my library before I begin donating it to the library.

Has my library ever done anything wrong? No, not once. And yet I am cruelly tearing it apart, limb by limb. Such is life in the modern world, where an honest man can't live peacefully in his bungalow with his collection of forty thousand books.

It wasn't easy but I have decided that I am giving away Rod McKuen's New Ballads. Since January 01, when I began the great library clean up project, I have wrestled with the idea of getting rid of this gem.

I finally decided to part with it, because
1) In the last 35 years since the book was published McKuen must have published more ballads, rendering this title false, and I will not allow my home to become a den of books with lying titles.

2) I don't know who Rod McKuen is.

3) He has the same hair cut as Leo, which is awkward when the three of us go out.

One down, 39,999 to go. Begin begging:

Now.

16 comments:

Mr. Chaos said...

...

(I am speechless)

Chaos

maleah said...

I beg you, stop. No, really.

Comrade Kevin said...

I own 38 copies of this book.... I know.. I know... Words to the wise: never wander the Salvation Army thrift store high on antihistames and carrying a crisp 5 dollar bill in your pocket.

That's all.

Jenn said...

Aren't you being rather rash?

Night Stranger said...

Rod McKuen sucks.

maleah said...

heh. What she said.

Rachel said...

So, when's the next post? You're close to posting as often as I do.

skinnylittleblonde said...

hahaha...just stumpled here & I can remeber that very book from when I was a kid. I think it was my hippie sisters ;) hahaha.
i'm pretty sure it was poetry.

Justin said...

Skinny,
Any relation to bitingblondewit?
j.

Justin said...

R,
I was going to move you down my list on blog roll, since you have curtis at the top of yours. But I realized that you aren't on my blog roll. Ooops. This makes my petty revenge more difficult.

Please ask Dave to start a blog, so that I can give him top billing.

Regards,
J.

Justin said...

Beavis & Butthead,
I hope that was the routine you two were pulling. Otherwise I just pushed away my most faithful readers.

j.

Justin said...

P.S.

M.
I asked students to write a paper on that Eric Wilson article. Soon the whole world will be as unhappy as me and E.W. and You Know Who.
j.

Justin said...

jenn,
WHY CAN'T I HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR BLOG. ARRRGH.

Regards,
j.

Justin said...

Comrade K,
Oh we used to raise hell at the Salvation Army, didn't we.

I was too there.

But you were so far gone.

Will do it again, soon.

j.

Justin said...

Mr. Chaos,

The rest is....

j.

Jenn said...

You can. I just have to invite you. What's your email address again? No worries...I'll just go find it myself.