Thursday, 24 September 2009

If you must know, I shot a librarian. But I did not shoot a deputy librarian.

Here are the three books I've been reading at the library this week, as research for something I'm writing. But the librarians at the issue desk don't know that. And somehow, they always manage to hand them to me with the red one on the top of the pile...


... and then give a look that says 'My God... what did you do?'

Or so it seems to me. Maybe it's just my guilty conscience.

22 comments:

riffle said...

Perhaps it's due to all the Guilt-related graffiti in the loos. At dwarf-eye height, no less.

Busted!

Richard O. Smith said...

We'd love to know what upcoming project(s) you're working on, John - all being appreciators of your work here. So, you can tell us. In the words of Mrs Doyle: go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, oh go on....

If not, we'll ask Arthur and he's bound to tell us.

John Finnemore said...

Nice sleuthing there, Riffle!

Sorry Richard, it's far too tentative and fragile to be announced at the moment- but hey, I've practically given it away already. You know it involves guilt, and dwarves, and something that's been written about in a green book- just join the dots..,

Catherine said...

I once ordered a book at the BL, for frivolous reasons, which turned out to be about 30 volumes and they wheeled it out for me on a trolley. I had to spend all afternoon pretending to pore over the various parts so they wouldn’t think I was wasting their time… Love the blog, and extremely impressed with everything you’re doing. Maybe we’ll bump into each other in the BL some time!

Stu said...

Why go to the BL, or any library for that matter, especially when you can get a good dose of spiritual well-being from our friends at Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d.html/ref=mp_s_a_1/276-6962588-4412948?qid=1254037766&a=1848500130&sr=8-1

I'll leave you with that thought ...

John Finnemore said...

Catherine: I hope so - it certainly sounds like you'll be easy to spot. By the way, and regretfully accepting that there's no way of asking the question 'do I know you?' that doesn't sound like a put down, but... do I? It doesn't matter, of course, just wondering if you are a Catherine I know.

Stu - er, thank you. Food for thought indeed.

Catherine said...

Yes, I am a Catherine you know (which I hope is a relief as I now realise my previous comment does sound a bit stalker-ish). It’s Catherine Clarke here – I realise it’s been ages since we were in touch but I've really enjoyed reading your blog. Anyway, extending your review of the world’s great libraries, I thought you might like to know that I’m sending this comment from the very grand manuscripts and rare books archive room at the Lilly Library, University of Indiana at Bloomington, where, for complicated reasons, I am reading a 1971 copy of the comic ‘Conan the Barbarian’.

John Finnemore said...

Catherine, hello! Lovely to hear from you. Only the other day I was wondering what you were up to now; and I thought it was probably reading Conan the Barbarian comics in the University of Indiana. Though I must admit I guessed South Bend, not Bloomington.

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