Digging around the attic looking for my rugby shorts last week I discovered a copy of Cold Comfort Farm with cover art by Roz Chast. Book ownership can be tricky, since they get passed around and shared, and some books can’t be taken from the family home and cast to the winds with whichever daughter lays her hand on them, because that wouldn’t be fair, and we need to think of the hypothetical children that one of us might someday have who might want to have something to read when they visit their grandparents. I know some books are off limits, but they aren’t all, and it got me thinking about my personal library. Practically speaking, I don’t need to bring a lot of books with me to Baltimore. I’m not going to have time for a lot of pleasure reading, and books are heavy and take up a lot of space, and I don’t know where I’ll be living a year from now, so I don’t want to weigh myself down, and afterall, that’s what libraries are for. At the same time though, I want to have books. How are people who come into my apartment going to know that I’m cool if they can’t look at my carefully organized bookshelves?
After giving it some thought, I decided to bring ten recreational reading books with me to Baltimore (not counting my doula books). I haven’t settled on which ten will make the cut yet, but I’m going into major packing mode this weekend, and I’ll give it more thought then. When are you supposed to start building your library? Accumulating stuff is a slippery slope, but I want to be someone who has lots of books. I grew up in a house full of books, and I think it makes a space look more inviting. A house isn’t a home to me unless it’s chock full o’books.
I missed the original airing of the second season of Sherlock, but PBS is running it again starting this weekend, and I’m not going to miss it again. The first season ended with a great cliffhanger, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to pick up where it left off, which is slightly trying, but might not actually be a bad thing. I used to like House, back before it jumped the shark, but the problem with tv characters like Holmes is that people like them to develop, and grow, and that isn’t in their nature. Holmes should be preserved in amber, and so I think the mini-movie style of showcasing his adventures, where each one stands alone, and he can just do his thing without having to change, is best. It also has Benedict Cumerbatch and Martin Freeman, and I love them.