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14 March 2004 @ 08:28 pm
Going through your books leads to many discoveries.

-- Many paperbacks from the Fairfax library. They don't mark the spines, so once they got lost in my thousands of books they were impossible to pick out. I think they were already paid for, but I'm shipping them back anyway.

-- A few Arlington library books. Including one overdue since 1986. I know these were paid for, as I had a valid Arlington card when I left Virginia, but I'm sending them back anyway.

-- Victor Turner's copy of _Sorcery In Its Social Setting_. This won't mean much to most people, but he was a big heejeeb in the world of anthropology, so as a former anthropology student it made me jump to turn to the flyleaf and find 'Victor Turner, University of Chicago'. I took a course with his widow at UVA, so I deduce I must have borrowed the book to write my paper for it. Google suggests Edith is still alive and teaching at UVA, so I've emailed her so I can return it.

-- And one moral dilemma. Many years ago I brought several exlibris copies of Octavia Butler books from a used book store. Now, after sorting through my books, including a number of genuine exlibris books, I have the suspicion that they weren't in fact, deaccessioned. They have no stamp, and perhaps more tellingly, they still have cards in pocket. Now, it's unlikely they were stolen from the library to sell. I brought them in the DC area, and they are from the Santa Cruz library. I didn't pay much money at all, since it was some 20 years ago, when she was a much more obscure author. So did someone lose them, pay for them, and then find them after they moved across country? Or did they never pay for them at all and they properly should be returned to the Santa Cruz library?

For two of them, it's not really much of a dilemma. _Mind of My Mind_ and _Patternmaster_ I can easily pick up paperbacks of if I want to reread. But the third, _Survivor_, is Butler's _The Big U_. The first work that she thinks is too lame to allow to be reprinted. Except without the part where she finally lets it be reprinted because the price is so ridiculous. Even paperbacks of it sell for $50.

(Edited because Lois Bujold and Octavia Butler are not the same person)