Unpacking My Library: Architects & Their Books -or- I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours
Unpacking My Library: Architects & Their Books by Jo Steffens
I picked up this book last Sunday, realizing that I was closing in on yet another crazy work week & hadn’t read anything in weeks-
it was a heart felt attempt to get back on schedule.
But who would have guessed it.
Reading, even short essays -
well it takes time.
Time, which I’ve been painfully short on lately.
That being said,
I took an extra long time with this gem*
& will probably never be done with it
or it’s lovely pages filled with photos of personal libraries-
hundreds upon hundreds of book spines to explore.
This is one of those books that I will pull from the shelves over and over again.
Choosing my next read from it’s pages.
Rereading the smartly chosen articles for something I may have missed
beautiful nuggets of how these books have touched their readers.
“Harold and the Purple Crayon is the ultimate dream of architecture- you can draw your world the way you want it to be.”
- Tom Williams and Billie Tsien
This is usually about the time I tell you how much I was disappointed with [some horrible, unforgivable thing].
Not to fail you in my discontent
but I cannot say enough, how I loved this series of essays.
I loved pawing through all the images of other people’s libraries.
Joyful in discovering new titles & old favorites nestled within these personal spaces.
Plus the resounding theme of this book is something that I’ve believed for a long time;
our books help us perpetually form who we are
and serve to inform what we create.
One of my all time favorite activities is to finger the books on my friend’s & newly made acquaintances.
Ok - I will touch any one’s books.
And with good reason.
I think you can learn a lot about a person just by looking at their books.
And even more, like magic, talking to people about their books opens up more opportunities than any other object/means, to make real connects to others.
Most often than not, hearing someone speak about their favorite book or favorite author makes you feel more for the people and things you love
and then, there are those very rare moments when you are aware enough to know, & you recognize the influence.
This book is a collection of those moments
people are being asking to recognize these influences.
To better understand themselves
and how that has helped them form a world around them.
And I love it for that.
PS- I WOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE TO SEE YOUR LIBRARIES!!!!
*i expected to read & write about it last week