I’ve been waiting for Cambridge University Press to release the paperback edition of my Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law, so that bookworms who long for it will no longer have to mortgage their firstborn children.  This happy event has finally transpired; your children are safe.

The paperback price is only about a third of the hardcover price, depending on where you buy it.  If you’re interested, you can try Cambridge or an online seller like Amazon.

All this reminds me of one of my favorite book jokes.  A certain scholar sent his manuscript to an academic press.  After the reviewing wheels had turned, the editor emailed, “Fine book.  We’d like to publish it, but it’s too long.  Could you trim it by ten percent?”

The scholar answered, “I’ll get back with you.”  The very next day, he emailed a ten-percent-shorter version of the manuscript back to the press.

Astonished by the swift turnaround, the editor telephoned.  “The new version is fine,” he said, “but how were you able to cut it down so quickly?”

“Easy,” said the scholar.  “I removed all the transitions.”

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