Two excerpts from the same 12 Oct 55 letter:
I do like the articles back though I don't have any file. I live in a rat's nest of old papers, clippings, torn manuscripts, ancient quarterlies, etc. etc. etc. I can tell more or less by instinct or smell at what level in the impedimenta some article is. I tunnel about in this mess like a mole making his way underground.
I am like the little boy who just liked to feel candy; I like to read booklists.
--Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being