A 2003 documentary by Canadian Bravo, never shown in the US, in which Mr. Thometz ruminates on his career as a private librarian in New York City.
In the early Nineteen-fifties the poet, novelist and editor Raymond Queneau circulated a pamphlet with an overview of the best books and authors. He asked 200 authors, 99 per cent French, to select their 100 top choices. Then he assembled the results and published a book called Pour Une Bibliothèque Idéale (Gallimard, 1956). Fortunately, this [...]
A list of books that have contributed to my understanding, with the understanding that it could be different on the next blue moon. Homer: The Iliad (850 B.C.) Herodotus: Histories (480-425 B.C.) Plato: Dialogues (427-348 B.C.) Aeschylus: Oresteia (459 B.C.) Sophocles: Oedipus (496-406 B.C.) Lycophron: Alexandra (285-247 B.C.) Vergil: Aeneid (19 B.C.) The Bible Petronius: The [...]
A good library arrangement is not achieved at once, but is a slow growth through difficulties met and conquered. Unlike the strict arrangement the Dewey Decimal System imposes on an academic or professional library, a private library requires an attractive appearance as well as an order that can be intuited. Imposing a coherent, cohesive and [...]
Style reveals the man. The building of a library is an act of style, an expression of what we are and a good measure of who we are. Collecting is an act of self-realization. One collects books and builds a library to create an intensified environment. It is a philosophical statement as this room is [...]