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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

8.04.2009

A Literary CAT Scan

[As mentioned earlier, new at 20x200 are editioned prints of Jane Mount's Ideal Bookshelf 1, JMM]

In response to this post, reader "Home Before Dark" commented that looking at other people's bookshelves is like taking a literary CAT scan. I loved that analogy and have been thinking long and hard about which books I'd choose if I ever commissioned Jane Mount to paint a section of my library. What titles would you pick?

Be sure to click image above to see all the titles in this piece.

13 comments:

Sanity Fair said...

This is such a neat idea - I would have such a hard time picking the books!

Mrs. Blandings said...

So fun to have a reader like HBD; this will keep me up for hours I fear.

Karen said...

Love this and the literary CAT scan analogy. I am obsessive about trying to read people's books in photographs.

pve design said...

HBD has the best comments.
I keep clicking back in hopes she sees the light and joins the ranks of keeping a blog....I mean with all that time at home before dark, there must be time...
pretty please!

My books would be ART,Design, and COOK books...
with tons of pretty pictures.
pve

Susanne said...

I have a pile of books on my hallway table,(that were put there just to "fill up the space" before my new desk comes-the art is hung quite high to accommodate the new desk), has the same kind of effect.it was not thought out but seems to be me in a nutshell according to friends. The books I did put there (without much thinking btw)
Eugen Onegin-Alexandre Pushkin
"28 artist and 2 saint-Joan Acocella
Paintings in Proust-Eric Karpeles
Bible and sword-Barbara Tuchman
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell-Susanna Clarke
Bringing home the birkin-Michael Tonello
the white Nile and The Blue Nile-both by Alan Moorehead
I married Adventure-Osa Johanson.

I wish that it was "Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman instead of "Bible and Sword". In a quizz I "was" that book. And I do like it more I just don't own it. Otherwise I'm pretty happy with my selection.

Karena said...

Where to begin. I just packed up two banker boxes of books just to edit out my bookshelves, and still have stacks. My art books, artist biographies, design, and many classics.

Amanda Stone Talley said...

OH Lawd! I would have to put away a few of my self- help books before I let anyone see my bookshelves!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic - KDM

Emily Amy Gallery said...

I absolutely love this idea...wonderful post.

home before dark said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the phrase and hope the activity of thinking about your own literary CAT scan didn't keep your brain up overtime!

Style Court said...

HBD,

It's on overtime but in a good way. I keep thinking about books that speak to who I am, in terms of content, vs. decorative book spines that tell some sort of aesthetic story.

Debra said...

I would so love an illustration of my favorite titles. Lots of cookbooks and my other loved classics.

annechovie said...

Hmmm, I'd need a lot of time to ponder my list, but I think this idea is the best! Love it.