31 December 2011
Shelf Esteem No. 8
Don't worry, I haven't run out of fabulous images of overstuffed bookshelves and cozy home libraries. I realize that posting such an anemic "library" might make some of you think that I am scraping the bottom of the barrel for Shelf Esteem content. Not so.
Cozy factor: Despite having many of the trappings of cozy, the overall effect is not very cozy.
The Shelves: They are quite odd. They don't seem to be one thing or the other. The unit looks built-in, yet it is of a size that makes one wonder why they bothered. It seems like a lot of effort, money, and thought went into making this, but the overall effect is rather cheap looking and not very pleasantly scaled. Plus it seems like overkill for the small amount of storage it provides.
The Books: I will let you decide. Three picture books on golf. Michener, Le Carre, McMurtry, Iriving, Crichton, Grisham, Dan Brown...
Is this person a reader? Yes, but really...in this case who cares?
The book I would read if I had to pick one: I think I would try one of the Le Carre. I think I would enjoy these despite having some problems getting into one of his books in the past.
What gives Thomas? Why are you wasting our time with this one? Simple, the John Currin painting above the shelves. I love the surreal (or perhaps it is super- or hyper-real) quality of his work. I mentioned it once before when I commented on the Persephone cover of Mariana by Monica Dickens. His works sell in the $500,000 range. Can you imagine having an art budget that big? We saw a major exhibit of his work a few years ago, but I forget where. His work is fascinating. And it has been so long since I did a Sunday Painting. So here are few more for your perusal.