Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Someone Else's Bookshelves
This post by Nicholas Bate makes me long for a picture book showing people's bookshelves.
I'd like to see the shelves of Hemingway, Churchill, Thatcher, Moynihan, Kissinger, Nixon, King, Hitchens, Wolfe, and others. You can learn a great deal about people by perusing their bookshelves. I always check the titles in any photograph in which bookshelves are in the background and even - this is weird - check the titles of bookshelves in furniture stores where the books are present only to produce a certain effect.
Cynics will say, "Anyone can throw a bunch of books on shelves" but I'm still interested in their choices and whether any connection to a particular book can be seen in their conduct.
Posted by Michael Wade at 5:30 AM