The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Cumbersome and Moldy

My love affair with Apartment Therapy continues as they link to this NYT article by Alberto Manguel, author of The Library at Night and caretaker of a very respectable 30,000 volume library. Housed in a 15th-century stone barn in France, Manguel sees his library not a single monolith, "but a composite of many others, a fantastic animal made up of the several libraries built and then abandoned, over and over again."

Apt therapy thought this a good example of the "cumbersome" nature of books with their "moldy pages and almost exponential growth of paper." It did spawn an interesting discussion thread on the role of a personal library as resource, comfort and decoration...and the book lovers seem to be getting the better of the Eames shock troops.

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