Book Graveyard: They are not Dead, They are only Sleeping
Free books! In February this years people filled their socks and anything else they had on them with second-hand books from an Amazon abandoned warehouse! Read the story HERE
Books, books, books! I have books piled up all over the place. I have too many books. I’ve sold some, given some away, but still I have mountains of books. I have bookshelves. But those are filled, so books are crammed into the gaps! Up in the loft space, I have shelves of books and books stacked up on top of each other. I once tried to create some kind of order, even catalogue them…but I gave up in the end. Much as I love books, I couldn’t help admire some of these ideas of about what to do with surplus books.
I am torn, on the one hand I do think it a bit sacrilegious to deface books, kind of Orwell’s 1984 (says I merrily tearing, painting and snipping away at my altered book…) but on the other hand, look how innovative the Alice in Wonderland one is! I think that if you are going to deface a book with what looks suspiciously like Tenniel illustrations… remove them first and replace with a photocopy. Still torn though….. and so is the book..
I rather like the book room though! No defacing and practical, a cosy little den to read in, surrounded by books. Of course you would have had to make sure you had already read all the building books: it just wouldn’t do to pull one out would it…
I think these framed 3D pieces are lovely. It’s a good job they are behind recessed glass. If not, they would collect a lot of dust. They have collage elements, that remind me of Dada photomontage artist Hannah Hoch 1889 -1978. Read about this famous Dada artist and about her place in the Weimar Republic. Read a brief history of Photomontage HERE
HERE is the website these books came from, along with many other ideas about what to do with your books! A rather good idea that I came up with is to actually read them! Innovative eh!