I always buy books as souvenirs. I’m sure it’s a bad habit (books are heavy!) but I can’t help myself. I’ve bought copies of Alice in Wonderland in Oxford, Kafka in Prague and Treasure Island in California (Stevenson’s stomping grounds). Each time the book becomes a beloved part of my library.
While in Brooklyn last weekend, I stayed in a gorgeous neighborhood, Park Slope, and found out that it’s a place many authors call home. This group of literary greats includes two of my favorites, (who happen to be married), Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss. So it was only fitting that I buy one of their books as a memento of my trip.
I’m crazy excited about the one I got…
Have any of you heard about this book, Tree of Codes? Foer took another book, “The Street of Crocodiles,” and cut an entirely new novel out of that text. It’s an unbelievable idea and turns the book into a piece of art. I’ve had my eye on it for awhile, but it’s not one that’s easy to find at a used bookstore.
My sister had the brilliant idea to cut a piece of card stock into a size, slightly larger than the book, and read it by placing the paper behind each page as you read it. I think it will work wonderfully and I can’t wait to try it.
Do you buy books as souvenirs?
What do you think of this concept for a book, art or just a hassle to read?
*Last photo by moi, middle photo from here.