What do you do when you face a breakup and a birthday in one week? Well for one, you get angry. For two, you get lots of good creative energy. (I’m also with D.H. Lawrence when he said, I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze.) For three, you get enjoyment out of reconnecting to things that are essential to who you are.
This site, Bookshelf Porn, captures something essential for me. I found it today, in a roundabout fashion, because two separate people at work showed me this feature from Communication Arts showcasing a bookstore cafe in NYC. I looked up McNally Jackson books (because when somebody tells you that you’ll like something…twice…you take notice.) and found BSP on their site. What a happy discovery.
While exploring this tumblr from the guy who curates Bookshelf Porn, I ran across this quote from Conan’s final show:
“ALL I ASK IS ONE THING, AND I’M
ASKING THIS PARTICULARLY OF YOUNG
PEOPLE THAT WATCH. PLEASE DO NOT BE
CYNICAL. I HATE CYNICISM, FOR THE
RECORD, IT’S MY LEAST FAVORITE QUALITY.
IT DOESN’T LEAD ANYWHERE. NOBODY IN
LIFE GETS EXACTLY WHAT THEY THOUGHT
THEY WERE GOING TO GET. BUT IF YOU WORK
REALLY HARD, AND YOU’RE KIND, AMAZING
THINGS WILL HAPPEN.”
*sigh* Okay, Conan. I believe you. (I mean, I don’t believe you…but I believe you.) There are still new things to discover. There are things to care about and people to share them with.
And if a girl ever gets lonely…she can snuggle up with her ultimate fantasy: a handsome, solid, generously stocked bookshelf.