So I finally have all the books I own in one physical location. There’s ~100 of them. My stock of physical books actually peaked in the mid-2000s, at ~500, before I left Britain for the US. The appearance of e-books and transportation costs-forced elimination of my more r-selected books has steadily whittled down that number, and it probably reached its trough around 2016. Since then, they have started creeping upwards again, and will probably continue to do – though at a low rate, since I only really buy high quality books or books that get signed by authors I respect. Meanwhile, the size of my ebook collection on Calibre currently stands at exactly 1,522 (most of them pirated from Genesis Library) and jumps up by 100-200 books with every year.
Anyhow, here’s my most “powerful” bookshelf:
In case you’re wondering – yes, the Arthur Jensen/Indian cookbook pairing is there on purpose.
This might also be a good place to plug one of the best Twitter threads of The Previous Year. Bookshelf aesthetics matter.
THREAD: Inspired by this post, I have decided to do some investigation into photos of Bugman/Bugwoman bookshelves – or #bookshelfies as these vacuous NPC shells like to term them. pic.twitter.com/rgusXRKfQP
— Mencius Moldbugman (@moldbugman) December 31, 2018