Despite prowling around used and antiquarian bookshops in Chicago this week, I didn’t turn-up anything old and interesting for the library. I did get a remaindered copy of Tom Chaffin’s Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire. During his expeditions in the American West, Fremont collected many species of plants that were unknown to the botanical community at the time. While I was in Savvy Traveler on Michigan Avenue, I picked-up paperback copies of Freya Stark’s The Valley of Assassins and Orhan Pamuk’s The New Life—both reflect my urge to travel in central and western Asia. The Stark--about her travels in what is now southeastern Iraq and southwestern Iran--is often available used, and I’ve pulled it frequently from those shelves and replaced it. It must be one of those books that is packaged well and gets bought, but then doesn’t get read or remain on shelves. I read the first chapter on my return flight and was somewhat shocked by narrative of grave-robbing. The preface—with its thoughts on the lure of travel—was more interesting than the travel narrative. My final acquisition for the week was Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye, the catalog for an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit was advertised as the first major American contemporary art show about travel and tourism. The catalog looks more interesting than the exhibit. The first chapter title is “How to use this book,”which beckons thoughts on its implications--a day could be easily lost there.