Wednesday, July 30, 2014

...that 'ol book smell

...did you know

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.

...think about that before downloading your next read on the Kindle or IPad, and support your neighborhood bookstores.

Thanks for reading ;)