An expedition to the University of West Florida library was in my conjurer’s bag of tricks last Sunday. I pulled on a comfortable old pair of soft khakis, and a lime green t-shirt with matching cotton cardigan thrown over my shoulders, buckled my red Keen Mary Janes with their foot-race-ready lug soles, grabbed a big canvas tote bag and my book list, and headed out.
The library is only about ten miles away, mostly down the busy straight-away we call “the 9-mile road.” Sundays are quiet on the campus, tailor-made for a poky bookworm like me. Sunshine has been absent for awhile, and its beneficent reappearance put a spring in my step. I swung the empty canvas bag like a young girl.
I glided through the tall, glass, automatic doors, zigged past the horseshoe-shaped information desk, and zagged to the right of the gaggle of occupied computer stations, down the hall to the elevator.
“Mezzanine, Madam? Lingerie?”
“No, no , no. Stories, please, and a heaping side order of Carl Gustav Jung and Dante Alighieri.”
I started on the 4th floor, the a-l open stacks, filling my bag like a greedy trick-or-treater, then skipped down the inner staircase to the 3rd floor, home to the m-z open stacks. I forgot whether an alumnus could check out 10 or 15 books, so I split the difference with 12. Besides, that was all I could lug away in my now-dragging canvas bag.
At check-out, the bland young woman informed me that my limit was ten, not 12. She was reasonably patient while I agonized over which two to leave behind. I left the Jung book on mandalas and almost instantly regretted it.
Here’s my haul:
- The Portable Jung, edited an with an introduction by Joseph Campbell
- Downhome, An Anthology of Southern Woman Writers, Edited by Susie Mee
- Opening Nights, by Janet Burroway
- Inferno, The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (Durling)
- Understanding Dante, by John A. Scott
- On Consciousness Beyond the Margin, by William James
- Companions on the Inner Way, by Morton Kelsey
- New Stories from The South, edited by Shannon Revenel
- Old School, by Tobias Wolff
- a book about Fiorello LaGuardia I picked for Buck that he needs for some research on the novel he is writing