The NPR Effect

Ann Arbor is full of cheapskates like myself who listen to NPR either constantly or more than necessary. As a result, in such liberal, college-town communities there is a rather strong NPR Effect. Say, you are driving around and some author is talking about his latest book. It is an interesting book and you would like to read it but,
a) You are too cheap to buy books, or
b) You have no money to buy more books, or
c) You have no space to store more books,
then the best course of action is get it from the library. BUT, if you are a couple of days late in placing a 'hold' on the book then all I can say is, "Good Luck!". I had to wait for 4 months to get Dennett's book. I have already waited 2 months for Michael Pollan's latest book - The Omnivore's Dilemma(I was 83/110 at one point). A large part of the blame rest on NPR's shoulders for this delayed gratification. Reading books from the library can be edifying in more ways than one.

3 comments:

Ashutosh said...

110 holds???
Luckily, I have never had any big problem with recalls in the Emory lib. Guess there are not as many smart people around here as in Ann Arbor ;)

Siddharth said...

Hey Ghats,

This comment has more to do with your last post. On the list of 100 films, I guess it was compiled before 2000 since I did not really see any movies after the nineties.
Anyway of those hundred, I have watched 34. Would you list that as an average amount, above or below average. What about you? How many had you seen?
rege

Hirak said...

S: I don't know the average. Maybe, you can poll people!
But, note that the list is all American movies and is biased towards older movies. The IMDB movie list is biased towards more recent movies. Lists are never perfect but a good place to start.

(In case you missed the sentence in my post - I have 25 left on the AFI list. I have not checked the IMDB list lately.)