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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

NPR : A San Francisco Bookshop Shows Its Colors

Now this is cool. Adobe Book Shop in San Francisco has organized all its books by color. I'm going to organize all my students by color today. Dark chocolate to mocha to brownberry to russet to eggshell to green (that Antonio, he's odd).


At 8:30 AM, Blogger jo(e) said...

Oh, cool art project. Grouping books by colour makes way more sense to me than putting them in alphabetical order, which is even more arbitrary. Most writers don’t get to pick their last names but often they do get to pick the colour of their books. I have hundreds of books, put on my shelves in a way that would seem random to anyone but me, and I decided to try one red shelf. I picked red because I don’t have many red books and it would be the easiest. Besides, it’s my favorite colour.

Here’s what the shelf looks like:

The Wild and the Domestic by Barney Nelson
Whatever Happened to Ecology by Stephanie Mills
The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol Adams
Sisters of the Yam by bell hooks
A Patch of Eden: America’s Inner City Gardens, H. Patricia Hynes
Challenging Racism and Sexism, Tobach and Rosoff
The Women and the Men by Nikki Giovanni
The Colors of Nature, Deming and Savoy
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
ESL in America edited by Sarah Benesch
The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister’s Pox: Mending the Gap Between Science and the Humanitites by Stephen Jay Gould
The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
How Wal-mart is Destroying America by Bill Quinn
The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages by Joan Chittister
The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Bone Black by bell hooks
Wordsworth: An Introduction by Norman Nicholson
The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
How to Undress a Cop by Sarah Cortez
Greyhounding this America by Maurice Kenny
A Woman’s Mourning Song by bell hooks
The Gold Cell by Sharon Olds
Caribouddhism by Gary Lawless
The Stories of John Cheever
Push by Sapphire
Paths Less Traveled by Dennis Aprill
Webster’s Dictionary

I’d say there are some definite themes emerging from colour scheme. Not many dead white men on the shelf.

I’ve got papers to graded so I’m tempted to rearrange all my books, but I guess I’ll stop there. The problem is that I’ve got too many books that are green or white or black. How boring.


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