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September 24, 2008

Some Questions You Might Ask

Filed under: Uncategorized — jstreed1476 @ 6:38 pm

Lots of libraries give away their old catalog cards as note paper—what else to do with them, really? I love grabbing a stack of them and seeing what turns up.


Here’s a collection of titles from a small-town library I visited the other day:

Why are some people left-handed?

Why are they starving themselves?

Why the cock crows three times.

Why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears.

Why I’m afraid of bees.

Why do people take drugs?

Why do our bodies stop growing?

Why did Grandpa die?

Why Christmas trees aren’t perfect.


I thought about linking these titles to whatever Amazon has on them, but they’re better left as gnomic little riddles, right?


The post title is cribbed from a poem by Mary Oliver. I like the poem–I like a lot of Oliver’s work–but I almost prefer the found-poem that the titles make. Which reminds me of Annie Dillard’s account of reading the first lines-index of a poetry anthology. And that makes me think of . . .


That’s the English major’s curse–everything you read brings to mind something else.


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