Arranging One's Books

What Did You Do on Summer Vacation? Part One

At a bookstore in St. George, Utah, another look at the arrangement of books…

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Arranging One’s Books, No. 4 (Rubbing Up Against Joe Brainard)

Look for Brainard books on the bookshelves belonging to Aram Saroyan, Bill Berkson, Benjamin Weissman, Maxine Chernoff, and others celebrating Brainard this month.

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Affinities: Arranging One’s Books, No. 3 (The Reading Room)

The Berkeley Art Museum hosted an organically mutating library, expanding and contracting, as readers rearranged, added and subtracted book from shelves.

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Affinities: Arranging One’s Books, No. 2 (Robert Seydel)

His shelves had rows of books two deep—pull out a book and there was another behind it, and there were stacks of books everywhere—on top of the fridge, next to the stove, in the closet, on every available surface.

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Affinities: Arranging One’s Books, No. 1

From “Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging One’s Books” by George Perec (1978): “Between these two tensions, one which sets a premium on letting things be, on good-natured anarchy, the other that exalts the virtues of tabula rasa . . .”

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