Ever since Alexandria, we in the West have had a thing for libraries, those depositories of human knowledge. I recently joined a group of those that have saved a library. When Ray caught TB, he had to make a quick escape, leaving his library behind him. I’ve estimated about 100 boxes and about a ton of books. That may be a biased figure.
After two moves, the books are now safely housed in a warehouse situation at a cost of 160 rmb/month. I’ve learned a lot about employing Chinese labor during these two moves, with the last move, up one story from my apartment, costing 160 rmb.