Selfying Books


The idea is sort of derived from this post. What I specifically have in mind is this (which could also be the idea behind the afore-linked post): instead of showing off the “self” via a selfie, why not show off one’s gallery of books?

Which can be read as:

(Okay, someone’s calling attention to his being a “bookworm”)

(Okay, he reads ‘Philosophy,’ he’s smart)

This is the danger of being too meta, of hanging on to an often awkward, often dizzying, often self-liberating schizophrenia. Anyway, lastly: if we want to “show off” our made-up faces and the places of the tourist attractions we have been to, then why can’t we “show off” the pages we have read, intend to read or just intent to display in our future book shelves. Perhaps if everyone starts doing a selfie of their books, there would be like a bacchanalian rage about books, and we can all get to talk about the same books we have read, exchange books with or make reading recommendation to others. Wonderland of books, hopefully the total opposite of Bradbury’s implicit fear.

Walden and other writings: Henry David Thoreau The Adventures of Hickleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain The Old Man and the Sea: Ernest Hemingway Pushkin: Eugene Onegin Black and Blue: Anna Quindlen Good as Gold: Joseph Heller The Divine Comedy I: Hell: Dante Alighieri Physical: James McManus Housekeeping: Marilynne Robinson
Walden and other writings: Henry David Thoreau
The Adventures of Hickleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain
The Old Man and the Sea: Ernest Hemingway
Pushkin: Eugene Onegin
Black and Blue: Anna Quindlen
Good as Gold: Joseph Heller
The Divine Comedy I: Hell: Dante Alighieri
Physical: James McManus
Housekeeping: Marilynne Robinson
My Son's Story: Nadine Gordimer Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Frederick Douglass Utopia: Thomas More Too Fat, Can't Fly: Yuko Kondo Coast of Chicago: Stuart Dybek Wise Blood: Flannery O'Connor The Blind Assassin: Margaret Atwood Oliver Twist: Charles Dickens
My Son’s Story: Nadine Gordimer
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Frederick Douglass
Utopia: Thomas More
Too Fat, Can’t Fly: Yuko Kondo
Coast of Chicago: Stuart Dybek
Wise Blood: Flannery O’Connor
The Blind Assassin: Margaret Atwood
Oliver Twist: Charles Dickens
Much Ado About Nothing: William Shakespeare The Dying Animal: Philip Roth Waiting for Godot: Samuel Beckett The Odyssey: Homer Herland: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Nobody Move: Denis Johnson House of Sand and Fog: Andre Dubus III The Uncollected Henry James: Edited by Floyd Horowitz Great Books: Balzac and Goethe
Much Ado About Nothing: William Shakespeare
The Dying Animal: Philip Roth
Waiting for Godot: Samuel Beckett
The Odyssey: Homer
Herland: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Nobody Move: Denis Johnson
House of Sand and Fog: Andre Dubus III
The Uncollected Henry James: Edited by Floyd Horowitz
Great Books: Balzac and Goethe
Medea and Other Plays: Euripides Real Cats don't do Talks Shows: Gerberg The Crucible: Arthur Miller James Joyce Today: Essays on the Major Works The Classical Monologue: Women The Handmaid's Tale: Margaret Atwood Dubliners: James Joyce Blindness: Jose Saramago
Medea and Other Plays: Euripides
Real Cats don’t do Talks Shows: Gerberg
The Crucible: Arthur Miller
James Joyce Today: Essays on the Major Works
The Classical Monologue: Women
The Handmaid’s Tale: Margaret Atwood
Dubliners: James Joyce
Blindness: Jose Saramago
The Brothers Karamazov: Dostoyevsky The Tempest: Shakespeare The Diary of a Madman and other stories: Nikolai Gogol A Spot of Bother: Mark Haddon Hocus Pocus: Kurt Vonnegut Four Great Plays: Henrik Ibsen S.: John Updike Cat's Cradle: Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The Master and Margarita: Mikhail Bulgakov
The Brothers Karamazov: Dostoyevsky
The Tempest: Shakespeare
The Diary of a Madman and other stories: Nikolai Gogol
A Spot of Bother: Mark Haddon
Hocus Pocus: Kurt Vonnegut
Four Great Plays: Henrik Ibsen
S.: John Updike
Cat’s Cradle: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The Master and Margarita: Mikhail Bulgakov
Less Than Zero: Bret Easton Ellis Tender is the Night: F. Scott Fitzgerald The Rules of Attraction: Bret Easton Ellis Othello: Shakespeare Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man: Joseph Heller Lunar Park: Bret Easton Ellis
Less Than Zero: Bret Easton Ellis
Tender is the Night: F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Rules of Attraction: Bret Easton Ellis
Othello: Shakespeare
Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man: Joseph Heller
Lunar Park: Bret Easton Ellis
Books' Selfie 7
One Day on the Life of Ivan Denisovich: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Strong Motion: Jonathan Franzen
A Home at the End of the World: Michael Cunnigham
Dining with the Dictator: Dany Laferriere
Tree of Smoke: Denis Johnson
Travels in the Scriptorium: Paul Auster Los Angeles: A.M. Homes Tess of the D'urberilles: Thomas Hardy Empire Falls: Richard Russo The Edible Woman: Margaret Atwood New Beginnings: Brooklyn Follies: Paul Auster
Travels in the Scriptorium: Paul Auster
Los Angeles: A.M. Homes
Tess of the D’urberilles: Thomas Hardy
Empire Falls: Richard Russo
The Edible Woman: Margaret Atwood
New Beginnings:
Brooklyn Follies: Paul Auster
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: James Joyce America is in the Heart: Carlos Bulosan Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac The Sound and the Fury: William Faulkner Amedee. The New Tenant and Victims of Duty: Eugene Ionesco Molloy: Samuel Beckett The Corrections: Jonathan Franzen
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: James Joyce
America is in the Heart: Carlos Bulosan
Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac
The Sound and the Fury: William Faulkner
Amedee. The New Tenant and Victims of Duty: Eugene Ionesco
Molloy: Samuel Beckett
The Corrections: Jonathan Franzen
The Story of Philosophy: Will Durant The Making of Kubrick's 2001 The Politics of Breastfeeding Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women
The Story of Philosophy: Will Durant
The Making of Kubrick’s 2001
The Politics of Breastfeeding
Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women
Beyond Life Sentences: Eileen Tabios The Maverick Room: Ellis Twelfth Night: Shakespeare Latino Caribbean Literature The Door: Margaret Atwood Paradise Review Black Zodiac: Charles Wright Eighteenth-century Women Poets The Faber Book of 20th Century Women's Poetry
Beyond Life Sentences: Eileen Tabios
The Maverick Room: Ellis
Twelfth Night: Shakespeare
Latino Caribbean Literature
The Door: Margaret Atwood
Paradise Review
Black Zodiac: Charles Wright
Eighteenth-century Women Poets
The Faber Book of 20th Century Women’s Poetry
Nonfiction Film Holidays on Ice: David Sedaris Edvard Munch: J. P. Hodin Principles of Intensive Psychotheraphy (which I bought during a semester when Jesa was having a related course in psychology) English Romantic Poets: M. H. Abrams
Nonfiction Film
Holidays on Ice: David Sedaris
Edvard Munch: J. P. Hodin
Principles of Intensive Psychotheraphy (which I bought during a semester when Jesa was having a related course in psychology)
English Romantic Poets: M. H. Abrams
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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the link. Yours is a very literary ‘shelfie’. Practically same object of social networking sites like Good Reads, Library Thing, et al. Unfortunately, because we are still living in the highest stage of capitalism, such endeavors largely conform to the market logic of conspicuous consumption. More of ‘hey I bought these books’ than I read them.

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