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No Foolin'

So here it is April first, traditional day for pranks and jokes, beginning of Distracted Driving Awareness Month (no, honest), and the first day of another Donation Moratorium Month at the Book Fair. So, I thought we would revisit….

Yes, we were given a copy of Madness in Opera, volume 2, an LP recording of operatic arias and discussion by psychiatrists of the infantile aggression displayed by Herod in Salome. It was issued as part of a series by a pharmaceutical company to advertise its version of loxapine. I don’t know whether the doctors suggest the drug would have provided more happy endings.

Anyway, a Donation Moratorium Month is a month in which we ask that you not drop off any donations if you can possibly wait until May. This does not mean that we will shoo you away or even fire a warning shot over your head if you drop off books. We just ask….

Yes, it was almost as good as that record we have on which a panel of experts discusses whether or not cosmetics are good for the skin and/or long-range health of the user. As this was produced for a cosmetics company, I kind of have a feeling how it all finishes up, though I have not yet checked the experts listed to find out whether they worked for the company, or just needed a supplement to an academic paycheck.

Just because it is Donation Moratorium Month, this does not mean we are going to ignore all those calls you made in March to have books picked up. If we said we would, we are still trying to collect your donation. One or two brave souls unwisely mentioned they might be available to step in and do some collecting for those of our volunteers who have been busy with the medical world this winter. (All home now, I understand, and resting comfortably insofar as that is….

Yes, the record collection is rather interesting this year. We just turned up a jazz album from 1957 which is made up of selections dealing with baseball. (The “In the Cellar Blues” seems particularly poignant.) As if joining baseball to jazz wasn’t enough, the designers of the album have the model on the jacket posed to symbolize the song “Double Play” in a manner which joins THREE of America’s favorite pursuits. (It may shock one or two fastidious customers, but maybe they won’t notice it at all if I put it next to this other bit of jacket art for a sweet, romantic album called “Swinging Soft and Low”.)

As I was saying, Donation Moratorium Month is primarily a suggestion that you leave us to cope with what came in during February and March, when diligent donors braved the weather to bring us amazing piles of amazing bits of American culture. If you MUST move books in the month of April, you Must, but if you can wait until next month, you MAY.

Because I’ll be busy assembling these Sid and Marty Krofft marionettes from the 1968 World’s Fair, and experimenting with a challenging sport I never knew existed until this book came in: extreme dot-to-dots.

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