Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sorted Book Project

We learned of this site through Tom Peters. It is called the Sorted Book Project and looks rather simple - but it seems some of the most unique works of art are radically simple.

In this case, to quote the web site (of Nina Katchadourian) "the project began in 1993... taken place in many different places over the years... From private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case... pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom... then displayed either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves... the clusters aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings."

What struck us was the photo of one sorting with the following titles: "When I Say No I Feel Guilty, then "God Always Says Yes", followed by "Don't Say Yes When You Want to Say No"...

It seemed to us this combination desperately cries out for a copy of "Go for No!" at the end of the collection. Looking at our collection of books on yes, no, failure, success, we could have quite a book sort ourselves on the topic.

Andrea took a quick shot of the books that have made their way onto our book shleves most recently. We did not attempt to sort them per the 'book sort' process yet maybe as you look at these you'll see a connection. Darn, forgot "Go for No!" again.

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