I See You Keep All Your Dostoyevsky On the Top Shelf
So said at a New Year's party we held where I walked around with a video camera catching snatches of conversation. Turn a corner and there's my 6'5" friend who is completely impossible to hear except that he keeps saying the words "vintage stores" over and over. Turn another corner and you suddenly hear Dan saying, "No, see, the reason they're taking over Air Force One is..." And then the Dostoyevsky comment.
I liked the comment because it connects to this recent article in the Chronicle of Education about what your bookshelf says about you.
What interests me about other people's books is the nature of their collection. A personal library is an X-ray of the owner's soul. It offers keys to a particular temperament, an intellectual disposition, a way of being in the world. Even how the books are arranged on the shelves deserves notice, even reflection. There is probably no such thing as complete chaos in such arrangements.In my own home I've an entire bookshelf full of children's titles in my kitchen facing the stove. Anyone want to take a gander on what that particular literary Rorschach test says about me?