The NY Public Library Blog has an interesting article on compulsive collecting. What medias are worth collecting? How much is too much? Interesting thoughts from a librarian + what to do about VHS.
From the article:
“Several years ago, the New York Public Library received someone’s huge home library as a bequest. Along with several colleagues, I went to assess exactly what kind of collection we were dealing with. Stepping through the doorway of that apartment was like encountering some nightmare possibility of my own future self. Each wall was completely taken up with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves; each bookshelf was double and sometimes even triple shelved with books; the wooden floors were piled high with tottering columns of books that left only twisty little passageways to walk through; books filled the clothes closets, kitchen cabinets, and every other available bit of surface space.”
This reminds me of an awesome episode of the Daily Show.
There was a smaller feature on this politician who lived with his mother, in the basement, and was fighting to get the Library of Congress to include pornography in their archives. The best part is, since they continually refused to do so, he created his own archive in anticipation of his eventual victor.
The deadpan with which he explained his cause and toured his collection to the reporter (I even think it was Colbert himself, back in tha day) engendered a surreality only heightened by his elderly respectability.
Anyways, sorry for the marginally related tangent 😉