Continental Shelf

January 5, 2010

I fell for Nouvelle Vague movies for the shelves…

Une Femme Est Une Femme

…thinking, “everyone in France must have shelves in their walls. Truly a land of wonders.”  So Virginia Gardiner’s profile of a French apartment in Dwell magazine reminds me of them in no small way:

From Dwell Magazine, detail

Gardiner compares the rhythmic boxes and white spaces between to comics panels.  One thinks first of Richard McGuire’s fragmented domestics in “Here:”

And second of how I live, far from French shelving solutions, in a growing stack of books half-read and less time to get to them:


Damn Proust.  And Saul Bellow once said, “People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.”  The red’s a tipoff.

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