Until recently, I was bewildered at the reason why people would buy DVD box sets when they can get TiVo and have their shows for free. I think now that people want collections in order to have them on hand to show unfamiliar guests or even lend the discs to others in hopes of gaining compatriots. DVD sets are an evangelical tool.
At my reading last night, my wife and I got to talking with Brendan, who was introducing me. We got on the subject of television shows and he raved about The Wire, saying that it was better than The Sopranos in many ways. I promised to have a look and I made him vow to start watching House.
It was odd sitting in a bookstore discussing television, but for both of us I'm sure it was a welcome respite from talking about books. This kind of chat is the only way that I trust to find restaurants, movies, TV shows, and — most important — books.
Books have always been this way. When I fall in love with a book, I'll often buy multiple copies — usually used — because I know I'll be ...