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Magic

I flip through the pages of the New York Review of Books regularly and order titles that look promising from my local bookstore. Last week one arrived, a biography of Irish poet Seamus Heaney. It’s lovely, and reading it is taking me back in time.

I have a water-damaged paperback of selected Heaney poems on my office bookshelf. There’s an inscription on the back of the cover and a letter tucked in the middle. The letter and the water damage are related. It’s a whole story.

The magic of a book is its ability to summon other books that cast a spell over you in some earlier time. You may have forgotten about that spell, but any new book will recall it.

See? Magic.

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  1. Thank you, Rocky. Even someone else’s new book will do: Yours just brought back one of mine that’s in storage temporarily, my grandfather’s copy of “Walden” by Thoreau. There’s a note in it addressed to him — “Don’t forget this again! A friend.”

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