Thursday 26 December 2002

The book challenge

Over on Samizdata, Brian Micklethwait writes:
Every so often I rearrange my books to make them take up less space in my home than they actually do take up.
Whenever I have undertaken this task, the books take up more space in my home than they actually do!

I decided to make a list of the current in-pile, which has grown considerably since 25th December:

(1) Black Sea by Neal Ascherson
(2) Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland also by Neal Ascherson
(3) The Scottish Empire by Michael Fry
(4) The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World by Arthur Herman
(5) Economic Thought Before Adam Smith (volume 2) by Murray Rothbard
(6) The Rise and Decline of the State by Martin Van Creveld
(7) Anatomy of a New Scotland by Gerry Hassan & Chris Warhurst
(8) The American Civil War: The War in the East 1863-1865 by Robert Krick
(9) Scotland: a Short History by Christopher Harvie
(10) Churchill by Roy Jenkins
(11) The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede
(12) Antony Fisher: Champion of Liberty by Gerald Frost
(13) Sparrowhawk by Edward Cline
(14) The Virtue of Prosperity by Dinesh D'Souza
(15) Circles Under the Clyde: A History of the Glasgow Underground by John Wright & Ian Maclean
(16) No Frills: The Truth Behind the Low-Cost Revolution in the Skies by Simon Calder

The challenge is: how does a blogger with broadband ever reduce the in-pile?