There are two general schools of thought on which books to keep, as I learned once I began swapping stories with friends and acquaintances. The first views the bookshelf as a self-portrait, a reflection of the owner’s intellect, imagination, taste and accomplishments. ...
The other approach views a book collection less as a testimony to the past than as a repository for the future; it’s where you put the books you intend to read.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The Well-Tended Bookshelf, by Laura Miller, The New York Times, November 28, 2008
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