Recalling Collections

A poll conducted for USA TODAY and Bookish finds that 40% of adults — including 46% of those ages 18 to 39 — own an e-reader or a tablet. That’s more than double the numbers less than two years ago. According to the poll, 35% of those with reading devices say they’re reading more books since they got their reading devices.

Oct 13
How e-books are changing reading habits

"The best [books] are in the hands of my friends and never come back.” —Simone de Beauvoir"

Sep 16

"If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs."

- Anne Fadiman

(Source: bookriot.com, via booklover)

Sep 12

"For years I’ve abstained from buying physical books because my habit was once so bad my room had no floor & the stacks were as tall as I am."

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Aug 15

I’ve decided that books are my enemy, though they used to be my great love. They are taking over. They crowd my dining room, they double up in the bedroom, they make the attic floor sag. We even have a library in the bathroom: shelves and shelves of books where a normal person might have a vanity table or piles of towels. - Amy Wilentz in The New York Times

Aug 9
One Book Out

"‘You can tell how serious people are by looking at their books,’” Susan Sontag told Sigrid Nunez, long ago when Nunez was dating Sontag’s son. “She meant not only what books they had on their shelves, but how the books were arranged,” Nunez explains. “Because of her, I arranged my own books by subject and in chronological rather than alphabetical order. I wanted to be serious."

- from The Paris Review Shelf-Conscious

Dec 27
Nov 19

(Source: thedamonsmith, via housingworksbookstore)

I just purchased a print of this. I love the idea of a library in such a strange and liminal space.
darksilenceinsuburbia

Jeremy Miranda. Library by the Sea.
http://jeremymiranda.com/
Jul 31

I just purchased a print of this. I love the idea of a library in such a strange and liminal space.

darksilenceinsuburbia

Jeremy Miranda. Library by the Sea.

http://jeremymiranda.com/

Spotted while walking home in the rain today. Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Jul 29

Spotted while walking home in the rain today. Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

How is technology mediating and changing our relationships to books as objects? If you have thoughts, email me at callingcollections@gmail.com. I’d love to come to your house and interview you or explore your book collection.

Jul 27