12 November 2013

Kari's bookcase

"Greetings from Finland!

Most of the books in my bookshelf are in Finnish and on the most shelves they are in two rows; one behind another, so you can't see all of them in the picture. Some English, German and Swedish are there too.

Top right you can see Grolier's "The New Book of Knowledge" from the sixties. I bought it some years ago, when our library was selling away old (and never used) material."
Kari's blog.

Blogger's note:  This is #23 in our ongoing series of readers' bookcases.  I have only about two more weeks' worth of material in the queue ready to post.  Surely there are more readers out there who have books... 

9 comments:

  1. Wow - I just read an essay last night that referenced The Book of Knowledge. http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/river_teeth/v013/13.2.harvey.pdf

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    1. I too grew up in a household where the multi-volume Book of Knowledge held a prominent place. That was 50 years ago; I stiill remember the binding of the books.

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  2. All this weight above the foundations of the house? And how many of these books have been or are read? We have encyclopedias in my own home but for years almost no one has opened any of them. Google really does have a lot to answer for. I can sit on my ass, type a few words, click, and learn anything. Books are a bit like movies and (unlike music) most are read or seen once and never again. A waste. Sitting on the shelf. Forever. The fact that we can listen to the same piece of music over and over is worthy of investigation: why is it so?

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  3. The only books on my shelves are ones I want to read over & over...

    Could you please remind me how to upload pix for you? Next somewhat sunny day, I take pix of my shelves. Thanks much!

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    1. Right sidebar, in the "about me" paragraph. If you're not a relative we'll place you in the "old friend" category.

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  4. Yeah, I probably have some books that will never get read, some that will get read once, and many, many that will get used time and again, and usually in different ways. Some will be "tasted," some will be mined, some will be explored more than once with a different purpose in mind each time. Over the years, I've been a book designer, a writer, an occasional illustrator, a 3-D artist in various media, and having a wide-ranging library (and a mental card catalog) has been invaluable.

    And I've been as hungry for learning as our genial host here... and one should never stop learning, because you will often find a missed fact, or a series of sources that combine to give a new perspective on something you might have assumed immutable. Damn the floor joists! You can never have too many books. (Oh, perhaps, should they fall and crush you...)

    Tip for those of you near a Half-Price Books: check the dumpsters out back! (But don't carry stuff home that you know won't enrich your life just because it's there.)

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  5. I've taken a photo of my bookshelf and considered sending it in, but software problemshave prevented me from processing it from the camera RAW form (Apple's Aperture 2, which is pretty old, stopped working in OSX Mavericks and is not supported anymore; I should dish out 70 euros for Aperture 3 to get at my photos). I'll consider sending it as soon as I can figure this stuff out.

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    1. No problem. I expect photos and stories to trickle in over the next several months because some readers only visit here every couple weeks.

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  6. Very interesting the number of "series" type books involved here. Curious about the small, 2-5 volume per set kinds of things...what sorts of books are those?

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