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(The Global Mail)   Funniest article by a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist about bookshelf organizing you'll read all day. Bottom line: Put your Drew Curtis book next to the works of somebody he'd want to drink with (like Hunter S. Thompson or Hemingway)   (theglobalmail.org) divider line 73
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2012-11-06 02:58:49 PM

megladon88: We organize ours by color. Oh you want that cookbook with the banana bread recipe? That's over in "Blue"


We had to fire someone from our library because (amougst many other things) he was shelving by color. 90% of the books in a certain section are "golden rod"
 
2012-11-06 03:16:58 PM
Children's lit
Fiction read, in alphabetical order
Short stories
Poetry
Plays
Humor
Biographies, in order of birth
Non-fiction--Historic eras (in chronological order), writing books, pop-culture books, travel writings and books that I had no idea where they should go
Then unread fiction and non-fiction, in chronological order

I may change my mind and re-order them....
 
2012-11-06 03:31:54 PM
Is it OK if I put Drew's book between Scott Adams and Dorothy Parker?
 
2012-11-06 03:40:06 PM
The article wasn't funny
 
2012-11-06 03:41:56 PM

lobstersalad: An article for women by women.

 
2012-11-06 03:43:21 PM
Wow, this is an article in my wheel-house. I'll be back to comment after reading the article.
 
2012-11-06 03:44:50 PM
Every time I move my books end up organized differently. Right now, I think they may just be shelved the way they came out of the box.
 
2012-11-06 03:51:24 PM
I liked Alistair Cooke's method: geographically.
 
2012-11-06 03:52:46 PM

megladon88: We organize ours by color. Oh you want that cookbook with the banana bread recipe? That's over in "Blue"


In order to completely antagonize my librarian 1st wife, I arranged our 300+ records* by the cover's spine color, following the light spectrum from left to right. It was the best useless, yet ordered scheme I could come up with at the time.

*a record is a two-sided vinyl disc containing analog-encoded audio information designed for linear playback. Now commonly referred to as "vinyl".
 
2012-11-06 04:14:53 PM

SoupJohnB: I have Drew's book on one of several 'real' book shelves. I try to organize collections according to my own logic.


Drew has a book?

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2012-11-06 04:21:20 PM
It's useless to try to organize my books, I've got about 3x more books than shelf space. Despite there being no discernible rhyme or reason, I can go strait to whatever book I'm looking for without hesitation. Anyone else would be lost.

Which is sort of funny considering I can never find anything else in this damn house. Scissors? Tape? Critical documents? Even my hot cocoa mug has gone AWOL. Goddamn gnomes.
 
2012-11-06 04:28:00 PM

OKAY!

Found it!

It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News
By Drew Curtis


ca.pbsstatic.com


/always the last to know
//wanted the DIAF edition 
///anyway to buy direct from Drew? anyone know?
 
2012-11-06 04:33:21 PM
I have a feeling that Hemingway and Thompson would probably want to kick the crap out of Drew Curtis after about 5 minutes.
 
2012-11-06 04:37:56 PM
My books are shelved pretty much in the Library of Congress style, by subject. Music is Alphabetical by Artist, then release year for named acts, Alphabetically by composer for orchestral composition, then by
year composed. Soundtracks, are Alphabetical, Compilations of mixed artists (e.g. best of 1974) are by Year or Decade with the multi-year collections at the beginning of the list (e.g. the best of the 70's would
precede the best of 1974). Any periodicals I have kept are in order by month, and depending on space
may be shelved with the subject books they go with.
 
2012-11-06 04:57:00 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: My books are shelved pretty much in the Library of Congress style, by subject. Music is Alphabetical by Artist, then release year for named acts, Alphabetically by composer for orchestral composition, then by
year composed. Soundtracks, are Alphabetical, Compilations of mixed artists (e.g. best of 1974) are by Year or Decade with the multi-year collections at the beginning of the list (e.g. the best of the 70's would
precede the best of 1974). Any periodicals I have kept are in order by month, and depending on space
may be shelved with the subject books they go with.


Where would you shelves "A Graphic History of the Folk Music of Imperial Russia"?
 
2012-11-06 05:03:29 PM
Subject, then author if there are a lot by one author, but not alphabetical in any way.

Then arranged for aesthetics, especially if it's all one-off books in a particular category.

These are all interspersed with tasteful artifacts from my travels. So it's a 'presentation' bookshelf that is 75% books and 25% other display items.

There is also another bookshelf that is crammed full of misc. stuff and needs a thorough cleanout.
 
2012-11-06 05:20:12 PM
In my library, I found Drew is symbolically drinking up between Napoleon Hill and Al-Anon's.
/woo hoo
 
2012-11-06 05:50:52 PM

WorthNoting: OKAY!

Found it!

It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News
By Drew Curtis

[ca.pbsstatic.com image 196x280]

/always the last to know
//wanted the DIAF edition 
///anyway to buy direct from Drew? anyone know?


I found my copy in a "book store." Long ago, when such quaint and curious things of forgotten lore still existed.

/Quoth the Raven (wawk), "Never more."
 
2012-11-06 06:03:33 PM
Weight.
 
2012-11-06 09:09:22 PM

SoupJohnB: WorthNoting: OKAY!

Found it!

It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News
By Drew Curtis

[ca.pbsstatic.com image 196x280]

/always the last to know
//wanted the DIAF edition 
///anyway to buy direct from Drew? anyone know?

I found my copy in a "book store." Long ago, when such quaint and curious things of forgotten lore still existed.

/Quoth the Raven (wawk), "Never more."


I love bookstores! Can't get to one currently alas.
And yes, many unique ones have been lost. Which is an enormous sad - because it was the individuality - that satisfied the soul. Wasn't just books on shelves.

Also, nothing is as fulfilling as wandering about the dusty, cluttered aisles of eccentrically run, used-bookstores. With owner's so preoccupied with their current read - it was often hard to get their attention.

Good times.

The online stuff is great, but to "move away" from real books, is ignorance, not advancement. They are different experiences and BOTH should be preserved.

Plus, staring at farking glowing screens nonstop isn't good for the vision anyway.


/misses those mini-vacations of dropping in at local bookstores
//not being able to get out and about sucks
///fark. now feeling all lostalgic
 
2012-11-07 12:14:02 AM
I have 1000+ books arranged in about 30 subjects. I can recall 30 different things, so I can find any of the books pretty fast. It is also easy to refile.
 
2012-11-07 08:42:15 AM

Dear Jerk: I have 1000+ books arranged in about 30 subjects. I can recall 30 different things, so I can find any of the books pretty fast. It is also easy to refile.


Where would you shelves "A Graphic History of the Folk Music of Imperial Russia"?
 
2012-11-07 02:14:52 PM
Music, unless it was more of a photo book. But probably not anthropology. If I did, in fact, own that book, it would be in my trade-in box. The closest I have is "Photographs For the Tsar," which is a fine photo collection.
 
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