“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” (Richard Bach)
And of the course the wonderful companion to this episode (and pretty much every episode, actually): BIC HOK. And yes, Howard Taylor's ego rocks my socks. Makes me say "Screw this, I'll post some stuff online."
"Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us."
Why secondhand bookstores smell good
Perfumes: The Guide (via YMFY)