Introduction to Recreational Pipesmoking
Recreational pipesmoking is a rewarding pasttime for anyone who wants to relax with a good book, feet in sheepskin slippers propped up on an antique leather Ottoman, scotch and soda in a brandy snifter on the adjacent oak table, silk smoking jacket fulfilling its purpose, puffs of tobacco smoke flavoring the air with a redolence of musty tradition and grandfatherly associations, insults and frustrations of the busy day floating into the ventilation system.
Pipes are fun to collect, and can be had for the price of a sandwich or the price of a used car. Pipe tobacco is way way cheaper than cigarettes.
Einstein smoked a pipe. So did Bing Crosby. In fact, even today you can buy a pipe in Crosby's signature shape. It's called a "Bing." Sherlock Holmes smoked a pipe made from an African gourd. This pipe is called a Calabash. Sherlock Holmes is the most illustrious personage ever to smoke a Calabash, though many important non-fictional characters have also smoked them.
Sigmund Freud did not smoke a pipe. For reasons that are obvious, he preferred a cigar.
I've seen a pipe carved in the likeness of Voltaire, though Voltaire himself was opposed to tobacco use.
There, I just used the word "I"... perhaps it's worth consciously deciding whether or not to do that in a blog published for the purposes of getting the word out about library resources.