In his Armageddon in Retrospect, Kurt Vonnegut has something to say about the practice of borrowing and lending books:
Don’t judge a book by its cover … because sometimes the back and cover are by far the best parts of it, as Mr. Brownlow informed little Oliver Twist:
“Wasn’t his checkered past half the attraction? What was the point of becoming attracted to a rock musician, if she wanted him to behave like a librarian?” (– Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked)
Still, our reputation is somewhat cliché. This sure can come in handy (when convincing a potential landlord of one’s eligibility) – but most of the time it should encourage us to be more iridescent.