Friday, October 1, 2010
Books: Owning them, Loving them
I love books. I don't think that needs any explanation, because if you're reading this, you love books too. No doubt, kindred spirits we. One of my largest collections is even Books About Books, which confuses some folks-- but not you loyal reader. I've noticed a trend too in my reading and collecting too-- I'm really interested in other people's books. I guess it's that constant search for the next thing that will blow my mind. That obscure author, that forgotten book that needs a champion. And I like knowing there are people much like me, or at least what I imagine myself to be, out there.
That's why I love books like At Home With Books, and The Library at Night by Alberto Manuel, and others besides. It's also why I love the Legacy Library project at LibraryThing.com. Being able to virtually browse shelves that usually no longer exist is akin to reading a book. It's like strolling in the mind of someone else for a moment, especially when we can know what the owner thought of the book-- or what they wanted us to believe they thought of the book. If that makes sense.
So, I recently discovered Stacked Up: Writers Show off their Shelves, which is exactly what it sounds like. Short interviews with writers and some of their books. Just wonderful, though a bit too NYCentric to be truly invigorating. I just don't get that worked up over THE BIG DEAL that is NYC. Give me space, keep your crowds! But, NYC is where a LOT of writers live, so I can't be too cranky about it. Hopefully the Stacked Up folks will one day be able to get off the little island and out into the real world. Anyway, go enjoy these things Book Folk-- you're not alone.