And do not think that my affection for an author offers any measure of protection - quite the opposite. My favorite authors, as will be demonstrated by the following photographs, receive the rudest treatment: pages with quotes I like get dog-eared and pencil-noted, then weighed spread-eagle open when I copy out said quotes; the margins receive my greasy fingers more than the standard amount as I reread exceptional passages; and the best books, the ones I don't want to end, or want to sip long and savor, spend more days in the dangerous containers of transit, and in the company of imbruing food and drink.
So here is fair warning to anyone who is considering lending me a book: when it is returned, you will know that it has been read, and read hard. It will bear my physicality upon it.
|The reader's offending fingers display the shipping-tape used to reattach the cover.|
|A vicious tear - my bad Ken!|
You may have survived the bombing of Dresden, but your cover couldn't survive Josh Karaczewski!
|A different primate's rude fingers did this to your collection of short stories.|
|Even Sissy's great thumbs wouldn't have been this unintentionally brutal.|