Thursday, February 07, 2013

What Catalogers Go Through

An excerpt of a conversation between myself and a rare book cataloger:

2:27 PM AKD: Are you really cataloging a book called Pigs and Pigs and Pigs?
2:28 PM me: I am
  it's an artist's book
  of course.
 AKD: Of course!
 me: the title is tres amusant
2:29 PM but i mean that in the worst possible way
 AKD: :) I was hoping it would be more literal. Because, you know, pigs are neat.
 me: ME TOO
  but alas
  it's just abstract art coupled with pseudo-poetry
2:30 PM AKD: Gross. I am cataloging a book that is either entitled 13 Hats or is by a group of artists who call themselves 13 Hats even though there are only 11 of them.

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"Wicked people never have time for reading. It's one of the reasons for their wickedness." —Lemony Snicket, The Penultimate Peril.