Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New Bookshelves: Horizontal and Vertical

With no remaining space for new books, I bought and assembled a vertical stand, into which I have placed many of the books I'm using for the study of the standing metaphor. A book stand for standing books, in other words.

And the horizontal shelves I built out of 2 x 12 douglas fir. 

Barbed-wire books on the top shelf, along with books by Zarko Radakovic and myself. On the second shelf and part of the third shelf, books by Peter Handke. The rest of the third shelf: books by Charles Bowden, Brian Evenson, and notebooks. The fourth and bottom shelf: books by Richard Ford, Terry Tempest Williams, Michael Ondaadje, W. G. Sebald, Roberto Bolano, Cormac McCarthy, and John Berger.

[Bust by Nathan Abbott]



i have to tell you a funnee story.
after returning from my freighter trip on the Hellenic Splendor halfway around the world and back i couldn't bear the air in Manhattan and so moved to The Rockways, Belle Harbob, near Jacob Rijs Park, also because the g.f of the time lived there. Very healthy, nice boardwalk but an apartmenthouse, by the boardwalk, that was, let us say, lightly timbered. Very resonant. I lived on the top floor in a nice size studio apartment. great view. below me was a couple where the wife had just been let out of some insane asylum, very loud. complaining about every step of mine. amplified sounds. i had built shelves the length of all walls, top to ceiling, to hold my books. one night i returned from manhattan and the long right side... about 25 feet by 8 foot high set of shelves had collapsed inward. weirly, the downstairs neighors never complainded about my footsteps of fucking too loud again. x m.r

Scott Abbott said...

bookshelves have all kinds of good uses, evidently.


A man who evidently has run out of shelving is Peter Handke as these photos of the inside of his Chaville residence revealls. I wonder whether they will leave the house like that when it becomes a Handke Museum, or whether they will build an addition to house what lies or is stacked about.