Ward Just, My Bookstore
Welch quotes a friend as saying, "I think of my bookshelf as a trophy of accomplishment. I look at their spines and remember where I was when I read them, and what I got out of them." Perhaps a mere list of these books or a photograph of them would work as well as the books themselves. Yet it just doesn't seem like the same thing.
I know some people who actually read more books than I do yet dispose of their books as soon as they are done reading them. I have also known people who keep relatively few possessions of any kind. If they don't need it, they don't hang on to it. Where, I wonder, do they store their memories?