Wednesday, May 23

Shelf Analysis

David McKie confesses his obsession with book spines in a fascinating piece in the London Guardian. OK. I'll admit it. I'm guilty of the same bookish vice. Indeed, whatever bookish vices exist--and McKie seems to identify quite a few of them in his essay--of them all, I seem to be duly, justly, roundly guilty. Worst of all, I have no intentions whatsoever of reforming my habits or changing my ways. I fear I'm an inveterate, unrepentant logogogue.

5 comments:

Josh said...

Every time I go into any kind of store, I tend to leave with a new book. Shelf space is becoming quite a problem. Oh, well, time to get on that bookshelf project I keep putting off. Maybe after one more chapter in this new book I just purchased...

George said...

Josh: Well, you know that bookshelf space is the scarcest commodity in my house despite the fact that I have been adding on for years!

Ben said...

Don't you think there should be a law against people who decorate with books in those cases where the book itself is not valued, but only its appearance? In other words, random books are placed here and there in a cutesy fashion. Of course, I decorate with books. I love the look of a full shelf with additional books lying flat on top of the shelved books and with yet more books stacked off to the sides. Also, the more books that can be put on a wall, the more insulation you have.

Dave in Clt said...

The biggest problem with your adiction is that it is highly contagious!!!!

Mom of Five said...

Home schooling makes me the guiltiest collector. 5 kids multiplies my love for books, a mom that inspired many elementary children in her library with literary curiosity and a mentality that says, "you can't have too many books" makes me guilty. Especially when some friends have the "can't have too many shoes" mentality. Well, I choose my friends carefully! Can't wait to launch into the Gileskirk kingdom. Hopefully next year!!!