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    I added a comment to this post today, about photographs of libraries. I reproduce it here.

    I love pictures of libraries stacked with books. Especially big libraries.

    I love
    • the regularity of the arrangement of volumes
    • the desperate and constant reigning into order of their slightly less regular shapes (by shelves)
    • the knowledge that inside each one is yet another, rougher, feigned neatness that has been squeezed first from the head of a person who has made to himself or herself sense of the world
    • and behind it all, at the beginning, all the raw, jumbled ways things are.

    And after all these layers of interpretation and categorising and cataloguing, we have an enormous, incomprehensibly comprehensive list of perceived or imagined states of affairs, almost as bizarre as our starting point, overwhelming, but navigable by its artifice. Then we take a snapshot.

    When future generations ask about the old libraries, people will have to say:

    "like information, built."

    I love library pictures so much that I took some myself, then I photographed the pictures.

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    folkert     Thu, May 1, 2008  Permanent link
    Via Very Short List:
    Buried inside the LibraryThing website (think MySpace for OCD literati) is “I See Dead People’s Books,” a catalogue of the libraries of 33 deceased luminaries, including Marie Antoinette, Thomas Jefferson, Ezra Pound, Theodore Dreiser, and Tupac Shakur.

    While browsing, you may discover some excellent books you hadn’t heard of (like Aboard the Flying Swan, by Stanley A. Wolper, found in Ernest Hemingway’s library). Also, by peeking at the titles in a dead person’s library, you’ll get fresh insight into his or her intellectual nooks and crannies — sure, we more or less get why Aspects of Chinese Painting, by Alan Priest, was found in e. e. cummings’s library, but Machiavelli’s The Prince in Tupac’s library? Who knew?

    Visit “I See Dead People’s Books” on the LibraryThing website

    Robokku     Fri, May 2, 2008  Permanent link
    Pornographic books.
    LED     Fri, Jan 1, 2010  Permanent link
    months later I read your comment (sorry!)

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