Childhood books (was Re: Racism (was Re: Hugh Lofting))

Otter Perry ottertee at
Wed Mar 19 09:30:10 EST 2003

Jon Noble wrote:

> I've a daughter who does that now, especially the
> floor part, as her bookshelves are chocka. She's
> always going down to the library, removing about
> twenty or thiry books she thinks she may want to read
> and then leaving them in piles on her floor. Every six
> months or so she does a tidy up and gives them back to
> me to reshelve in the library. In the meantime all the
> slots thay came from have been filled with new books
> and everything has to be reshelved. This is no easy
> task as my fiction books are shelved floor to ceiling
> along a 6 metre wall three deep on the shelf
> (paperbacks) with anything larger than a standard
> paperback lying flat on the top of the paperbacks, but
> still two books deep. Literally every spare space is
> taken, and until I get a chance to reshelve everything
> extra books have to lie in piles on the floor in front
> of the shelves. It is a major operation to extract
> anything that is not in the front row, especially if
> it is on the top shelf, almost three metres off the
> ground.
> Jon

Well, you're experiencing Perry's Law:  Books expand to
exceed the available space.

The principal corollary is:  If you remove every book
from a container, you will not be able to fit them all
back in.
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