You are what you read.

The Chronicle: 9/22/2006: Other People’s Books
What interests me about other people’s books is the nature of their collection. A personal library is an X-ray of the owner’s soul. It offers keys to a particular temperament, an intellectual disposition, a way of being in the world. Even how the books are arranged on the shelves deserves notice, even reflection. There is probably no such thing as complete chaos in such arrangements.

3 thoughts on “You are what you read.

  1. And even if they’re just stacked up by the bedside, as about 30 are by mine, you can tell which was read last, which ones are being pulled out again and again, and which one has gone the longest time unread.

  2. Unless, of course, the cat has knocked them over, or your spouse decides to “straighten up a bit.”


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