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“Book murderer”: Why debates on the way we treat our books aren’t actually about reading

Why do people cleave so strongly to one side or another of this bibliographical culture war?

By James Waddell  

In 1570, the English poet Thomas Tusser invited readers to cut up his latest book. In his snappily-titled A hundreth good pointes of husbandry, lately married unto a hundreth good poynts of huswifery, Tusser included short verses that the reader was invited to extract and display on the walls of their house: “Posies for the…

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