Book hoarding

I get this a lot, too.

A vis­it­ing son, sur­vey­ing the crammed book­cases in every room (not to men­tion the piles of books on sur­faces and floors) asked me ‘don’t you ever get rid of any books?’ And the answer of course is no. ”

Yesterday even­ing, I spent almost half an hour stand­ing in front of the book­case in the liv­ing room. I was look­ing at each spine and con­jur­ing an impres­sion of the stor­ies. Reactivating them. It seems to help with the over­all feel­ing that I’m try­ing to con­jure, in my own little way, with my own books.

I won’t be sat­is­fied, of course, until I have at least one room whose walls are filled with books. And one of those moun­ted, mov­ing lad­ders.

(Via Macmillan New Writers.)

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

4 thoughts on “Book hoarding”

  1. For a long time, I’d watch those silly pro­grammes where people buy, sell, redec­or­ate and/or build houses, always won­der­ing where they kept their books.

    And then I real­ised.

    I don’t watch those silly pro­grammes any more.

  2. It’s actu­ally one of my goals to have a wall of books with one of those lad­ders. And the words of Ozymandias run­ning along the top of the wall. It’d be so… cooooooool…

  3. Christ, Tim, I thought being in Thailand might save you from Changing Rooms (or whatever that Carol Smiley pro­gram was called).

    Apparently, Scott Pack has got a stair­case some­where in his house where each riser opens to reveal a load of books. Fantastic!

  4. Aliya, you and me both. Of course, it runs the risk of your butler/assistant/amanuensis pulling the lad­der away sud­denly in a moment of mis­com­mu­nic­a­tion (like Otis does to Lex Luthor in Superman).

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