New Yorker analyzes readers' bookshelves

The New Yorker’s blog “The Book Bench” has recently been poetically analyzing their readers’ bookshelves from the photographs they submit. Here, they interpret Italian reader Maria Sepa’s:

From the celestial sphere, knowledge, immaterial at first, rains gently into the minds of men; from there it falls onto the pages of books; and from there it comes to rest—for a time, at least—in your lap, Maria. That you acknowledge and respect the divine origins of knowledge is evident in the way you’ve arranged your bookshelves like a halo about your head (like your namesake, you are truly a Madonna of the book), and in your fuzzy red slippers, plainly the creation of an ennobled mind. I’ve no doubt you devote your days to writing or teaching—your way of sending back to the heavens all you’ve received.

I ran a slightly similar project among my friends back in January on my blog and I found it quite fascinating. I guess great minds bloggers think alike…? Anyhoo, if you want your bookshelves analyzed then send your name and location to

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