This looks to me like a perfect way to expend an entire afternoon:
The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is
ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the
years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book
collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a
collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping
the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence,
from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs
of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the
shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the
clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library’s
focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that
library’s holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters.
I cannot make clear enough the potential this has to completely occupy all of my free time. (via Ms. Aulenback.) (Speaking of whom, someone get me a copy of the new Hobart. Please?)
*Unless you’re Mr. Clean.