Broadly, the Long Tail is about abundance. Abundant shelf space, abundant distribution, abundant choice.
If only to be born were being invented Merely, or, better still, to concoct oneself From an antique alembic, a receipt. How splendid To take the phial cleanly from its shelf; Powders and liquids, all one's favourite hues Making the being one would be, the looker at stars Or storks on the spires of Denmark, drinker of dews, Or an eye simply.'Phials', collected in Quadrant,1964.
The shelf life of the modern hardback writer is somewhere between the milk and the yoghurt.1987 In the Observer, 28 Jun.
People find ideas a bore becausetheydo not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.1938 Guide to Kulcher, pt.1, section1, ch.5.
It's kind of a world neighborhood bookstore. They ?y in from Prague or Tokyo — we had a whole busload of South Africans saying, "They've got my books in here." ... The president of the Czech Republic [Václav Havel] came by to pay us a state visit, turned to the shelf, and his book was there: "Look, they've got my book."nancy peters
"The cardinal difficulty," said MacPhee, "in collaboration between the sexes is that women speak a language without nouns. If two men are doing a bit of work, one will say to the other, 'Put this bowl inside the bigger bowl which you'll find on the top shelf of the green cupboard.' The female for this is, 'Put that in the other one in there.' And then if you ask them, 'in where?' they say, 'in there, of course.' There is consequently a phatic hiatus."c. s. lewis
The Moral is that gardeners pine, Whene'er no pods adorn the vine. Of all sad words experience gleans, The saddest are: "It might have beans." (I did not make this up myself: 'Twas in a book upon my shelf. It's witty, but I don't deny It's rather Whittier than I).Guy Wetmore Carryl, Haw Jack found that Beans may go back an a Chap
Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself.Who: Count Olaf