I found this book in a shop the other day, and I promptly ILLed it. The timing was perfect since my local library is having their annual book sale and there is a wealth of old, musty, mysterious books that I am unlikely to ever read but which I am more than happy to purchase (in support of the library) and DESTROY! Repurpose is certainly the kinder word. Adding an additional element of interest is the fact that with extensive traveling and possibly another move in mind, I have been eyeing the Kindle. And to my surprise and pleasure I found a Kindle on my bookshelf last night when I got home from work – placed there by CP as an early birthday present! I will not abandon the physical book entirely, of course. I love them too much. But with the thought of a storage unit or moving van looming, I need to stop buying them for awhile (unless they’re NYRB editions, which I am still allowing myself to collect – yay!) Meet my new partner in crime:
(I love that whenever I put it to sleep it pops up a picture of an author or something else random – a rather lovely touch, and it made my heart leap a little when Virginia Woolf made an appearance). For the time being, if I can find a book for my Kindle I will buy it that way (unless it fits into one of my collections – I was almost relieved that nothing by Perec is available since the Godine editions look so rad on my bookshelf!) This is the plan, at least theoretically. We’ll see how it goes. I’m sure you will all start tempting me left and right with books too beautiful not to own physically… I am steeling myself.
Obviously my new Kindle needed a case or cover. What better project than the one found in The Repurposed Library which used the hard cover of a book for this very task? (Which is super ironic of course!) I took apart a tattered copy of Silas K. Boone’s Phil Bradley at the Wheel, which has a great cover. Observe the awesomeness:
Liberated by my creative act of book destruction I then moved on to another project, the “Book Burst”. This involved chopping a book into four sections and then folding (and folding and folding and folding) the bits of pages until you get this:
If you didn’t run away screaming and instead found your crafty senses stirring, then I highly recommend The Repurposed Library. There is still a lampshade, a “Book Quilt”, a book photo frame, a clock, a mirror, a shelf, and other things that I wouldn’t mind making myself. The books I bought for this purpose are mostly falling apart or ridiculously tattered – they’ve already been well used and hopefully loved and had long lives. They deserve to be repurposed! Can’t you find it in your heart to give a tired book a new life? 🙂
Now excuse me while I go download the electronic version of The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton, and settle back to click through the pages while finishing this delicious pumpkin beer!