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MY BOOKSHELVES

I took some pictures of my bookshelves because I have an irrational desire to appear in the New Yorker's Subconscious Shelf blog. Keen-eyed librarians will notice that my non-fiction is roughly by Library of Congress subject headings, but not in call number order. I did create a catch-all "pop culture" category for things like Drag Diaries, Fruits, and Retro Hell.

The second shelf is for my series manga. It used to hold tapes, but those are all in boxes now as I rarely drag them out. The size was just right for tankobon. On my bedside are favorite graphic novels and rotating encyclopedic non-fiction that's good for reading in small bites before sleep. I try not to read novels in bed during the week or I have trouble stopping. There is a whole bookshelf inside the headboard that slides out. I have some science fiction paperbacks in there that were donated to the library with really cool 50-60s covers by Richard Powers and the like. I don't actually want to read most of them, it's the sort of hard SF that leaves me cold, but I should find some way to display the covers.

I keep my rarely-consulted cookbooks in the kitchen because there's a redonkulous amount of storage considering how tiny it is. My bathroom is the only book-free area, but there are magazines in there. I cannot be without my reading material.



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