Sunday, October 22, 2006

Shelfworthiness redux

Why are modern books so floppy, garish, and hideous?

This is actually a problem with translations, because many of the new ones are much better but the older ones are available in nice hardcover editions. I liked Edith Grossman's Don Quixote, and the volume is not bad looking, but it is very large (I should know; I carried it all over Eastern Europe in a backpack).
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