Collector Catastrophe


The perils of an overweening love for the printed word.

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  1. This very thing happened to principal Skinner.

    He went home and began bundling his old newspapers, but the stack fell on him. (“Let this be a lesson to recycle regularly.”) Trapped until the pile of papers, he survived the week by eating his mother’s preserves and preserved his sanity by dribbling a basketball that was barely within reach of his one free hand. (“I made a game of it. Seeing how many times I could bounce the ball in a day, then trying to break that record.”)

  2. Fat Tony unavailable for comment.

  3. Ha, ha … (Nelson) … love that troubled kid.


  4. What have I done to deserve such a flat, flavorless Manhattan?

    It would have been wrong to stop a perfectly good Simpsons thread.

  5. That reminds me of Matt Labash’s latest in the Weekly Standard.
    At least the man has one resolution for next year!

  6. Note to self: Do NOT kepp old issues of Reason when subscription commences.

  7. Further note to self: PREVIEW, dammit!

  8. ajmb, to what ip rights are you refering?

  9. Just a gag, yelowd. nW was a reaction to Jean Bart’s use of the merovingian pseudonym. Frankly, I just got bored with it. Knowing what a hot button IP is round these parts, I thought this an amusing way of divesting myself of it.

  10. glad to know I took the bait.

  11. No egg intended. Have a Happy New Year

  12. That’s a misuse of “overweening.” Not just anybody can be Buckley. Try to emulate, eg.,

    “…there are those who already have warned that distinctions will need to be made if the absolute law is passed, and that those distinctions might then be overweening. For example, who exactly is and who isn’t a newspaperman, or a reporter, or a free-lance television or radio consultant?” WFB _Execution Eve_

    “Overweening” comes from “ween” to think, suppose; you’re relying on “over” to do all the work. That’s only an intensifier.

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