We’re going to go in a slightly different direction for the next subject in the 30 Days of Books list:
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
I suppose that the obvious answer for this sort of question would be something like a family Bible that’s been passed down through Betzian generations, or perhaps some dusty first edition of an old classic, or maybe even a signed copy from a favorite author. Nope, nope and nope — I have none of those.
So, thinking about it, I’m going to opt for a rarely read, 298-page, non-fiction piece published in early 1993.
My PhD thesis!
In the fall of 1992, I bought my first computer (a then-zippy 386 PC) so that I could write my dissertation and in January 1993 I submitted and defended it. (I might have been able to finish before New Years, you know if it hadn’t been for Solitaire and MineSweeper. So it goes.)
Though I guess as rare books go, there might not be many that are scarcer. I believe that there are maybe six extant copies. I have one, my parents had one (where did that end up?), I think I gave my brother and sister one each (I’m sure they’re in places of honor), my advisor has one and so does the Chemistry Department at UNC. That’s it.
It’s interesting to re-read the Acknowledgement section and consider the people that were so central to my life then and see whether I’m still in contact with them today. Like many stages in your life, the answer is some yes, many no. I’m happy for the snapshot. We didn’t have blogs back then.
I’m a little chagrinned that the font is Helvetica – so 90s – should have gone with a serif’d font for posterity.