Once & Future

Charlotte Ashley – Book seller, collector, writer, editor, historian

June 30, 2010

Too Busy to Blog

“Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.  More than that: the chance, the fate, that suffuse the past before my eyes are conspicuously present in the accustomed confusion of these books.  For what else is this collection but a disorder to which habit has accommodated itself to such an extent that it can appear as order?”

Walter Benjamin, Unpacking my Library: A Talk about Book Collecting (1931)

5 thoughts on “Too Busy to Blog”

  1. steph says:

    I hear you about the being too busy part. So why am I blogging? I need to get back to proofing!!

    Ah, great quote.

  2. Nathalie Foy says:

    There is a great book I’ve seen (and resisted buying) called Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books. You can have a peek at the photos at http://www.unpackingmylibrary.org/

    1. Charlotte says:

      It seems to me that we had this book on the shelf! I sort of shelved it away without a second look because it was a bit too *aesthetic theory* for my tastes. I might as well be blind for all the visual intelligence I have. Somehow the pictures on the internet are much more appealing…

    2. Charlotte says:

      Oooh, you can click on the bookshelves!

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