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Clean off shelves, stuff the stockings

By Philip Martin

This article was published December 10, 2017 at 2:16 a.m.

Book cover for David Williams’ "When the English Fall"

Book cover for Kayla Rae Whitaker’s "The Animators"

Book cover for David jauss' "Nice People: New & Selected Stories II"

Book cover for Deb Olin Unferth’s "Wait Till You See Me Dance"

I gave away a few thousand books this fall, mostly to the Central Arkansas Library System but to a few other institutions and individuals as well, clearing out more than half of our shelf space and physically and psychically lightening the burden that pins us to the world. I feel good about it now, though I admit it was difficult to begin the process. I have always lived with walls of books, and stripping the cases in my office at first felt dangerously wrong.

Book cover for Kayla Rae Whitaker’s "The Animators"

Book cover for David jauss' "Nice People: New & Selected Stories II"

Book cover for Deb Olin Unferth’s "Wait Till You See Me Dance"

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