Tuesday, August 16, 2005
It reminds me of a true story. A gentleman was shopping for a car and found one he liked. The dealer quoted a price of $11,800. The shopper said, "Oh, let's round it to an even $12,000."
"A peculiar anthologic maze, an amusing literary chaos, a farrago of quotations, a mere olla podrida of quaintness, a pot pourri of pleasant delites, a florilegium of elegant extracts, a tangled fardel of old-world flowers of thought, a faggot of odd fancies, quips, facetiae, loosely tied" (Holbrook Jackson, Anatomy of Bibliomania) by a "laudator temporis acti," a "praiser of time past" (Horace, Ars Poetica 173).
Michael Gilleland is an antediluvian, bibliomaniac, and curmudgeon.