September 22, 2013
Over at HTML Giant, novelist and small press publisher Michael Seidlinger provides ten reasons for not feeling badly about buying books without then actually reading the dang things.
Or at least never reading some of the dang things.
Found via The Paris Review Daily
May 6, 2013
In 2011, The New Yorker published James Woods’ lengthy complaint about having to dispose of his recently-deceased father-in-law’s enormous personal library. (Woods’ essay appears with others in his 2012 collection The Fun Stuff.)
In a blogpost written earlier this year, Nigel Beale, aka the Literary Tourist, takes issue with Woods’ cynical view of the value – and meaning – of (other people’s) largish personal libraries. Read Beale’s eloquent screed.
July 28, 2012
In support of Independent Booksellers Week, the British author Julian Barnes has written a lovely essay on the love of books and book-collecting, and The Guardian has published it.
Barnes begins his essay with these words:
“I have lived in books, for books, by and with books; in recent years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to live from books. And it was through books that I first realised there were other worlds beyond my own; first imagined what it might be like to be another person; first encountered that deeply intimate bond made when a writer’s voice gets inside a reader’s head.”
And he ends with:
“Reading and life are not separate but symbiotic. And for this serious task of imaginative discovery and self-discovery, there is and remains one perfect symbol: the printed book.”
Read Barnes’ entire essay, “My Life as a Bibliophile.” (And enjoy the 100+ readers’ comments, too, if you’d like. Not all of whom, by the way, agree with what they call Barnes’ “nostalgia” about the Printed Book.)
Found by librarian colleague (and habitual Guardian reader) Katharine Suttell
June 25, 2012
…if you don’t make provisions in your will for what’s to be done with your book collection. Or maybe even if you do….
Read the sad story.
Found via Bookslut
February 20, 2012
Wherein we learn to our chagrin that a Google search on “book clutter” yields over 18,000 results.
Read Gabe Hash’s delightful blogpost at Publishers Weekly, “The Wonderful and Terrible Habit of Buying Too Many Books.” Also enjoy the empathic comments from Hash’s readers, including those who mention that they’ve tried to at least partially replace their book-buying habits with book-borrowing (from their local public library).
Found via The New Yorker’s Book Bench
January 26, 2012
When two booklovers move in together, the day will come when the question of To Merge or Not To Merge The Books first rears its head. What happens next can take a variety of forms.
Rebecca Joines Schinsky recently posted what she learned aftershe and her husband decided to merge their book collections.
Read Schinsky’s essay.
Just as interesting: the comments from Schinsky’s readers who defend their decisions not to merge their books with their spouses’.
Found at BookRiot