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Jul 09, 2008

Catalyst

Transitions Today at the Orange Congregations in Ministry thrift shop in Hillsborough:

When I brought the three books I wanted to the cashier, she said, "Today is our 'half off for fours' day.  If you buy one more, you'll get all at half price."

Thing was, I only wanted the three books.  So I grabbed a random book to make four, got all for the price of two, then put the random book back on the shelf before heading home with my three.

A perfect catalyst* moment!

Well not really. 

I kept the fourth book** but it was cool to think of how it might have gone.

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*from dictionary.com: catalyst -- Chemistry. a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected.

**not randomly selected, either.  Transitions is a great book and now I have two copies.  I'm sure I'll find someone nice to give the second to.  Though I'll wonder if the author made radical changes in his more recent edition.

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Comments

In re Transitions: Since you'll be giving away a used book in either case, why not give away the older edition and save the newer one to verify that people aren't trading radically new Transitions insights behind your back? Just a thought.

Posted by: Glenn | Jul 9, 2008 12:03:00 PM

Bridges points out that in times of transition, people come back to the same things. Which is to say, both of my copies are the same edition. Freaky, isn't it? Sorry I wasn't clear.

Speaking of editions: I once bought a copy of William Zinsser's "On Writing Well, 4th edition" and just loved it. In subsequent years, I picked up every edition I could find, earlier or later, to see how a guy who wrote books about writing nonfiction would change his advice. over time.

The two biggest changes I can remember: (1) Zinsser taking a new position on gender-biased language (in early editions, he said, "just use 'he' and 'him' and 'his' for economy when the person isn't identified) and (2) the appearance and then disappearance of a chapter on the joy of using a word processor. He also zapped a couple of sentences I really liked. If I find them around somewhere, I'll post.

Posted by: Phil | Jul 10, 2008 8:20:04 PM