truckloads of news

On a professional listserv today a graduate student asked for advice on where to consult French newspapers from the 1980s til now. A professor responded as follows:

“A year ago I could have offered you my enormous print collection of Le Monde, but you would have needed a van. Alas, it is no more.”

A year ago, I would not have batted an eye at this response. Today I’m wondering where colleagues store these tons of paper collected in the name of the profession, and what or who prompted this one to rid himself of the van-full. Where did it eventually go? And, I wonder if his “Alas” sums up the difficulty in letting go of something he may have collected over decades, adding to his personal hoard…umm, I mean, library.

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