At a bookstore in St. George, Utah, another look at the arrangement of books…
Look for Brainard books on the bookshelves belonging to Aram Saroyan, Bill Berkson, Benjamin Weissman, Maxine Chernoff, and others celebrating Brainard this month.
The Berkeley Art Museum hosted an organically mutating library, expanding and contracting, as readers rearranged, added and subtracted book from shelves.
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.
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 . . .”