I finished reading this book a few days ago. It took me a while, because reading Alice Munro both uplifts me and makes me feel like writing is futile. To distract myself from the latter feeling, I often flipped to the inscription on the front.
Yesterday it was my birthday
I hung one more year on the line . . .
I should go to bed, but a voice in my head says ‘oh what the hell’ but I’m havin’ a good time.
Have a good time.
(I only used the parts of the verses that seemed to apply – that’s why it doesn’t make much sense. ‘Oh, what the hell.’)
I love to think about it. Who is RE – the giver or the receiver? Did the person receiving this like Alice Munro? Did he or she like Paul Simon? Why was this book given away, and when? Was it read often? How many people read it between the birthday person and me?
I would probably never do it to a book of my own, but I love finding old books that people have scribbled in. I wrote about another one before, here.