Originally Posted by mafoofan
I've had enough of this. If you don't call out SH on his advice to keep books on the floor as anything other than pure idiocy desperately attempting to appear enlightened and high-brow, you're with the terrorists.
Built-ins are not options for people who live in small spaces, are on a budget, or rent. Storing books in a closet presumes one isn't already storing other things in said closet and that one doesn't regularly read his books. Yet neither of those suggestions is remotely as stupid as suggesting that one simplty leave books on the floor--particularly versus the option of using a standalone bookshelf. If a bookshelf is an obstruction to whatever bullshit "honest' lifestyle SH is hawking, a giant pile of books is surely an even worse offender.
He's entirely right, either have some built-in bookshelves, piles or stuff that looks like piles (those annoying Sapien bookshelves I use in addition to the floor and the top of some tables, commodes etc. are fine). There are a few configurations of really great bookshelves+space that are possible, more often than not it is a fail (99.99% of the time).
Chances are I have more books than the people posting here talking about their stupid bookshelves and the need to use 500 books everyday. Hell most days I pick 1 that is already on the floor near a chair I like to read in and maybe something in the magazine pile.
SH insight might not hold up all the time and you will find inconsistencies in his judgment but he's generally right and, from an operational point of view, it would be a good idea to follow his main insight: you have too much shit in your home, it is contrived and ugly, you need to remove things not add them. Look at your interior and find things to get rid off.Edited by Fuuma - 10/23/13 at 5:28am