Books, books, books. You would think there’d be plenty of room for the classics after weeding hundreds of books recently for the charity sale and giveaways. But this weekend several textbooks for my courses moved into plastic boxes on wheels. I don’t have time to catalogue our Greek and Latin books, which are double-stacked in a built-in china cabinet. So I chose a selection and threw them into these teaching boxes.
Need to get ready for Greek? Wheel the pink box into the living room. Latin? The blue box with the Wheelocks on top. Of course to find anything special I have to dump 20 or so books out of the box.
Here’s a photo of some of my double-stacked books, so you can see we actually have bookshelves:
I love photos of other people’s books: they’re so tidy. I’m afraid I’m pretty cavalier about my shelves and piles. These books come out for an airing at least once a week. I wish I could figure out a way to shelve them all together, but unless I start lining up bookcases in the middle of the room with aisles between them it’s not going to work. There’s simply no room.
There arealso many “problem” books: the big three-ring binders of photocopies of out-of-print books. What do I do with this?
I’m trying to remember if I ever knew a classicist who could keep her office tidy. The answer? No.