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I got this e-mail a couple days ago regarding a generous gesture being offered by Wisconsin as a reward for my getting promoted:
This email is a follow-up to the email letter you received in May apprising you of a new UW-Madison Library initiative called Honoring the Faculty. As part of Honoring the Faculty, the Library will be adding a book of your choice to one of the Library collections. The selection will be bookplated with your name, department, degree, and the year of your promotion. [...]I choose any book, and one copy of it with a nameplate dedicated to me will be on the shelves of the University of Wisconsin libraries for posterity. What should I pick? What would you pick?
Your Book Selection: Please choose anything that is meaningful to you -- this can be something in your field, something you wrote or edited, a book you read growing up, poetry, a children's book, fiction or nonfiction. The key is that it means something to you and you want to share your selection with others.
Update, 1:15pm: In addition to the comments, a couple people have e-mailed ideas for books I could choose if I was feeling rue or malcontent toward UW-Madison. Which, just to be completely clear, I'm not--I've been treated so well by everyone there and have downright warm-n-gooey feelings about the place. But if I had been asked to choose a book on one of the darker days that all mercurial people have in even the best situations on the path to tenure, I think I would have selected either He's Just Not That Into You or So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish.