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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 THOUGHTS BY DAN ABOUT THIS 8< THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso On Being Books do furnish a room. I would know; I'm a biblio- phile. I've always loved books, but I wasn't always a book collector, even though I had a sizeable library ever since I was a child. A book collector is not someone who simply gathers a variety of books for reading. To a bib- liophile, it matters what titles he collects, what edi- tion, what condition and what series a title is from. My dream study is a room lined wall to wall with books, shelved according to subject matter, displayed as memo- ries of a trip down the author's world or informa- tional artifacts, much like an archeologist decorates their house with artifacts from their own research. Of course, the first step toward becoming a book col- lector was the love of read- ing my parents instilled with me since infancy. I still have some books from my toddler years; I wish I had preserved more of them. More than anything, I read the Little Golden Books and still have a few sound cop- ies including A Day in the Jungle about a curious little monkey that escapes his home in the tree tops and encounters a variety of for- est perils. But many are damaged (like many chil- dren I was pretty reckless with my books) and a few of them are quite valuable now. Lately, I have searched for a few first edition Little Golden Books and managed to find some in decent condition. That search will resume. Ah yes, first editions, the most important words a book aficionado can hear. A die-hard collector even dis- tinguishes-between a first edition and a first printing. a Book Collector Whenever possible, I go for first printings or, at least, the oldest edition I can find. And I do have some titles in my library that must have passed through many hands from several generations before getting to me. Among my oldest titles are an 1874 edition of Daniel Boone and the Hunters of Kentucky, W.H. Bogart's account of the leg- endary Indian Scout, an 1880 edition of The Pilgrim's Progress, an 1888 autobiog- raphy of showman P.T. Barnum, and a 1927 edition of Ben-Hur. More important to me than first editions, however, is condition of the book (writing anywhere other than the blank front page and torn pages results in the volume's rejection) and the inclusion of a dust jacket if it originally came with one. I always go for hardcover, unless it was only published in paperback. With these regulations I've found a number of fasci- nating volumes. Recently, I found an early copy of Sir. Winston Churchill's The River War as well as the complete set of his The Second World War (6 volumes) and A H/s- tory of the English-Speaking Peoples (4 volumes). I started collecting the complete works of F. Scott Fitzgerald as they are being published by Cambridge University Press and have tried to find early editions of Heming- way's works. From Great Britain I've collected the Harry Potter series in their original hardcover editions. The bulk of my literary col- lection, though, compro- mises series. Random Houses' Everyman's Library offers most of the world's important works in beauti- ful volumes dating as far back as Homer's Iliad and Dante's Divine Comedy to contemporary writers such as Joan Didion, Umberto Eco, and Isabel Allende. The other series I'm striving to complete is The Library of America which, in their words, aims to "preserve the nation's cultural heritage by publishing America's best and most significant writing in authoritative editions." Authors featured in the series include such well- known names as Steinbeck and Faulkner, but also publishes famous speeches by Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and some of the Founding Fathers. Then, the comic book nerd in me has driven me to collecting both the DC Archive series, which chronicles the adven- tures of Superman and Batman from their early days forward, and the Marvel Masterworks, collecting the works of Spider-Man and the Hulk. Lined together on shelves, cataloged according to the Library of Congress system, my collection forms a mu- seum of thoughts, prose, and styles. The topics are unlim- ited and so are the ideas con- tained within the walls of the shelves. My books are my inspiration and my passion. Each volume sitting there repi-esents a part of my life (a lesson, a laugh, a thrill) that makes part of my cur- rent psyche. They are there when I need them for what- ever reason I may need them, be it to laugh again or cry again or remember something I learned. If noth- ing else, they are there as memories of a long-ago read that helped shape who I am today. Sausage Making Class at Lucia's Our Italian Cooking Series continues with Chef Donato and Chef Pino. Join us for an evening of family recipes re- vealed. This month's class will focus on home-made sausage. Learn hands-on, the Ital- ian tradition of sausage making! Join Chef Donato and Chef Pino for this VIP event that's both informa- tive and entertaining. Our chefs will show you the ropes of sausage making and cover topics such as mixing and grinding techniques, in- gredients, safe handling, and much moret This introductory class will explain the fundamentals in the art of sausage making. In class, you will have an opportunity to make basic types of fresh sausage. Class is Wednesday, Feb- NOBILE INSURANCE ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU mnobile @ BOSTON MEDFORD 30 Prince Street 39 Salem Street Boston, MA 02113 Medford, MA 02155 (617) 523-6766 (781) 395-4200 Fax (617) 523-0078 Fax (781) 391-8493 ruary 264 from 6:30-9:30 pm. Notebooks, recipes and aprons are provided. Class will conclude with a family-style feast. Our classes are always interac- tive with ample time to ask questions. For more details or to reserve your spot email stacey.sawyer, Remember Your Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. Please call ,o ," *c * - . 67-.22,.7;-.929 " " , ,:,'T" . , ,. . * 2014 Winter Olympics (Continued from Page I) U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg addressing a news conference after winning the first gold medal at the Sochi Olympics, February 8, 2014. efforts for protection and Sochi is currently sur- rounded by armed military. A literal "Ring of Steel" has been erected around the city's border for increased protection. Also, protective measures were advised to American journalists and competitors including not to outwardly wear any U.S. flags. So far, there have been no reported attacks or safety problems. The fear of terrorism is not the only thing surrounding the Sochi Olympics, as funny tweets by journalists have been filling twitter feeds all across the internet.. Com- plaints such as lack of hotel rooms and dirty tap water accompanied with funny im- ages and clever hashtags have given the situation a funny, yet ironic spin. In regards to sports, the first American gold medal was won. by 20-year-old, American Sage Kotsenburg in Snowboard Slopestyle. Kotsenburg has been re- ported to say that the move that earned him the gold (1620 Japan Air) was some- thing he decided to do on a whim, and landed for the /h-st time. In his run he also included the self-made "Holy Crail" and scored a total score of 93.5. Another notable athlete in this year's Olympics is Russian, 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia who won the first gold for her country in Sochi along with Evgeni Plushenko, in Team Figure Skating. Lipnitskaia gave a (Photo by Wikimedia) Russian newest figure skat- ing sensation 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia. Russia won the gold in the Team Competition. (Photo by Wikimedia) memorable performance to "Schindler's List." Only barely making the age cut-off by a one month margin, she show cased her ability and proved she deserved to be in the Olympics impressing the audience and judges with incredible moves. Lipnitskaia has been training since she . was four years old. Currently, the leading countries in this year's Win- ter Olympics are Germany with five gold medals and one silver, Canada with four gold medals, four silver and two bronze, Norway with four gold medals, three silver and five bronze, Netherlands with four gold medals, two silver, and four bronze, and lastly the United States with two gold medals, one silver and four bronze. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. 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