New Worlds = New Bookshelf

My poor students are in the throes of midterm exams. I try not to tell them how wonderful it is when they’re done–that you can keep on learning without any threats hanging over you.  You can learn solely because you want to.

Which brings me to my current announcement.

It has come to my attention that I will be buying a new bookshelf.  I will admit I had an inkling this would happen, what with how I currently have a pile of books on one chair, a pile on the floor next to my Da Vinci sketch, and a pile on my little Egyptian table.  But it’s now “for realsies,” as my st00ds would say.

My second manuscript requires research into a new time period.  I blame William Somerset Maugham.  Because if it wasn’t for Ted Morgan’s BRILLIANT biography of Maugham, I’d not have known how PERFECT said period would be for my book.

Research = books.  Books = Delight Bookshelves


(and I see in the photo below I need to get rid of a lot of price tags. but what can you do–some of them if you rip them off, they leave icky sticky residue… Alas! Alack! The trials and tribulations continue! ;-p)

Books and their Guardian


About sputnitsa

Born in the US, I grew up in Africa and the West Indies, and returned stateside in my teens. After a decade in international development, democracy work, and inclusivity training for domestic NGOs, I joined Peace Corps, and after a year, experienced my first Russian invasion. I followed that up by volunteering with refugees and youth, and after some vacation time climbing minarets and mountains, I returned to New York City, where today I work on social justice with college students, produce short films, and write.
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3 Responses to New Worlds = New Bookshelf

  1. What’s that book with the statue on the cover? (Smaller pile on the right.) Is that Egyptian? I need more bookshelves too. This is after some serious book purging/donating. They’re all just so nice to have and look at and even to read. Multifunctional room decor!

    • sputnitsa says:

      That is actually a slim little number, entitled “Medieval Sculpture at the Cloisters.” The ones associated with the Metropolitan Museum, located up in Fort Tryon Park. Divine little space, full of atmosphere and beauty. 🙂

      And I’m with you on the decor thing. 🙂 Books are divine, and also a delight to read. 🙂 🙂

  2. Ooh, I like the Cloisters. Must go read your new post.

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