‘tsundoku’ - the Japanese word for buying books & not reading them, leaving them to pile up.
Derailing My Train of Thought by Thomas Wightman
Says Thomas about this project: “The final book sculpture of my major project series. Like the previous two sculptures it uses a visual metaphor to convey the emotions of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and embodies my research by visualising an expression used by a sufferer of OCD. The expression was ‘derailing my train of thought’, because the person felt that the rituals they had to perform were disrupting their day. Where the compulsions and worry would side track them from doing everyday activities.
To convey this metaphor the sculpture shows a train travelling on a journey that has become disrupted, leading it to derail from its set path. Typography was used on the tracks for the title of the piece, also type was used for the coal. In the scene it shows the coal cart tipping over where the type has become mixed up to symbolise the mixed emotions during anxiety and panic”.
- When not all the books in the series are the same height.
- When books change covers with editions so they don’t all match unless you buy the series in one go.
- When some books are hardcover and some are softcover and it doesn’t match but you can’t find another copy.
- When some covers are different in certain countries so you don’t get the main one which also happens to look better than all the other varieties.
- Basically just books.
- God damn them.
I just went crazy in the Disney section of the used book store.
Never drop a book in the bath again! An 8 year old’s invention.
NO BUT THIS IS VERY VERY RELEVANT
House-themed sets of Harry Potter over on Gilt. You can find them under Juniper Books.
there’s a lot of elitism in “bookworm” culture
like you’re basically worthless if you don’t like to read and this weird little culture kind of ignores that some people really struggle with reading/can’t read at all
- not everybody has access to books. there was a study done that showed 1 book per every 300 low income children. books cost money. books cost time. reading isn’t going to be a priority if you’re low on these two resources.
- learning disabilities are a thing that exist. i used to love to read when i was a kid, before I developed a mental illness that sometimes functions as a learning disability and makes it so difficult to read books that it often frustrates me to the point of tears and i’ve finished probably one whole book in the past 2 years. many, many learning disabilities specifically affect reading, and you don’t know just by looking at someone whether they have one of these disabilities.
- people learn in different ways. you might be really good at grammar (whoopdefuckindoo) and somebody else might spend all their time watching the news and know everything about current events. maybe that person you think is “stupid” because they said they didn’t like reading is an amazing artist. maybe you suck at art. you never know
#th an k you #see also: ppl who like to read but can’t get books in their native language #or other cultural barriers #like the fact that most books available in your typical american school are gonna be about #white american life #I mean I love reading but people are fucking ridiculous about it