“What about this one?” asked Mary Ellen, as she flashed a thin
paperback volume in front of my face. “Can we chuck it?” At the time, we
were trying to decide which books in our basement we’d donate to the
library and which ones to simply discard. Some decisions are easy.
can’t throw away an old copy of Moby Dick or a novel by John Grisham,
but Computers for Dummies (2002) doesn’t have much prospect for a future
readership, and keeping it would only perpetuate someone’s quotient of