We bring in the New Year with a Omnivoracious bookshelf from Ben Lukoff, our former colleague over on our music blog, Amazon Earworm (who I believed signed off from Earworm this fall with a post on his "concert experience of a lifetime": a Petula Clark show! Ben loves him some '60s Brit pop--and who can argue with "Downtown"?):
This is one of the seven bookshelves in my apartment: fairly typical in its mix of subjects (almost entirely non-fiction, heavy on the linguistics and philology with a bit of economics, history, and politics--plus some classic comics), but not so in that it is one of only two of those bookshelves shallow enough to only accommodate one row of titles. The book I acquired longest ago is probably Pig-Tail Days in Old Seattle, bought for me by my father at the Seattle Museum of History & Industry gift shop sometime in the early 1980s. Second oldest is The Young Detective's Handbook, which my sister got me for my seventh birthday--I fancied myself a bit of an amateur Sherlock Holmes at the time. Next is The Glory of Their Times, a history of the early days of baseball my dad bought me when I was 10. The latest acquisition is, I think, The Elements of Murder--I've always been fascinated by toxic chemicals. I blame library sales, remainder bins, working at Amazon for over five years, and what used to be an excellent local secondhand-books scene for the fact that I may soon be forced to move to make room for not only the books on the back rows, but the ones filling the boxes in my living room, as well.
See Ben's full bookshelf and links, and contribute your own shelf photo to email@example.com. --Tom