I fell for Nouvelle Vague movies for the shelves…
…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:
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.