Thursday, March 13, 2008

“I avoid fluff.”

—He once read the Random House Dictionary, back to front.

Douze points go to the great singer Art Garfunkel, the silent one behind the appalling gnome Paul Simon, for this list here on which he apparently has noted every book he has read since the 1960s. A very smart and aesthetic way to make time perceivable for oneself: Count and note what you have read. “He died at 1407 books”. “Kids are allowed to enter University at 350 books”.

An extra hundred points are granted for the casually-dropped yet unbearably helpful mantra “Avoid Fluff”, also to be found in the New Yorker piece linked above.

You may also want to check out our friends’ Kracht and Nickel Kathmandu Library. Or you may simply write down your own. Just as the one big catalogue book of the total library Borges hallucinates about in the Library of Babel.

The Garfunkel library can also be directly found here. Pleasing to note that Mr Garfunkel recently came about The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, item #1009.

Dieser Beitrag ist auf Englisch, doch einiges an der Zeitmauer gibt es auch in der hervorragenden Kultur- und Verwaltungssprache Deutsch zu lesen.