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Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us

Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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Why did they make the Powell's Books Oregon stickers red? Is it to evoke a fire engine and remind us that our book-love blazes tirelessly? Probably not, that's pretty cheesy. Ooh, maybe it's like the red wax covering the cheese wheel we masticate whilst sharing favorite books with friends! Perhaps it means "caught red-handed," like the so-called "friends" who keep trying to borrow our books. Or it might refer to the red heart that signifies the bibliophilia that consumes our magnificent state. Or the red traffic light at which you're noticing the red Powell's Books Oregon sticker on every window, bumper, and notebook in sight, wondering why you don't have one of your own...

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