26 bookporn(s?),* 161 posts, 462 comments, 5,886 spam comments and 33,169 views later, AHC is one year old! thank you all for your support & feedback, and all the totally esoteric knowledge you’ve shared over the year — I’ve loved being in conversation with you & hope it will continue.
ok, 27 bookporn(s) — for who could resist a round library full of books on ‘The Orient’? I visited the Musee Guimet while I was in Paris this December, and it was full of marvellous displays of exquisite, stolen, I mean post-colonially appropriated, Asian treasures. But the library’s different. There’s a kind of hushed atmosphere when you walk in: the lights are dim and people shuffle about, struck silent with reverence, or perhaps the disconcerting, all-pervading pinkness of the walls and columns. The books lie, untouchable, behind their wire cages, and the smell of old paper lingers about well after you step, blinking, back out into the fluorescent glare of the exhibition outside.
* Having coined the word, the solemn responsibility falls upon me to determine how it shall be pluralized; I cannot decide if it should be ‘bookporns’, ‘booksporn’ or left as its unmarked plural form of ‘bookporn’.