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hunters and collectors: carry that weight

For seemingly forever, sociologists, psychologists, and amateur pundits of all persuasions¬† have tried to comprehend why people collect; from the Collyer brothers to Eli Broad, it appears a pointless yet universal pursuit at least on the logical surface irrational waters … Continue reading

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bookmarks: the bookworm and memory

Open a book open your mind, or judge a book by its cover? A glass half full or half less full?¬† An exegis of “stuff.” How do we read an evaluate material objects? One of Walter Benjamin’s modes of scholarship … Continue reading

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“binners” rich and poor

Its a revelation that is both personal and cultural. Some of them regard themselves as business people and entrepreneurs.The psychology is a bit morbid, teetering as it does between mild eccentricity and out and out madness. It’s the kingdom of … Continue reading

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FOURTEEN PIANOS & 25,000 BOOKS

E.L. Doctorow’s novel Homer and Langley, is based on the real life story of the two Collyer brothers of Harlem who lived alone in their childhood home on Fifth Avenue. Homer narrates the story, which takes place over the course … Continue reading

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