by Doctor Science
Over the past few years I've noticed more and more articles about people using books to make things, usually art but sometimes furniture.
I think this is happening as we get more used to separating the text or information of a book from the physical item. Acid-free paper (or, better yet, vellum) is unequalled for truly long-term information storage on the order of decades or centuries. That's why the Internet Archive is preserving a physical, paper copy of every digitized book.
But I'm finding that I just don't need as many physical books as I used to, and I'm pressing my family to deaccession. This is particularly important because Sprog the Elder's new job has a dangerous coals-to-Newcastle aspect -- she can snag uncorrected proofs and review copies of upcoming books, and it's hard to resist.
The other evening, while read-aloud took us through "The Great River" chapter of Lord of the Rings, I packed up 4 boxes of books that we really don't need any more. What do you-all think I should do with them? The books in question would be highly miscellaneous, not particularly new but not dirty or damaged.
- Give to Friends of the Public Library for their sales.
- Put shelves and sign saying FREE BOOKS on nearby college campus or similar
- throw .... them .... out?? I honestly don't know that there's anything else to do with out-of-date software guides ...
But surely, for most run-of-the-pulp-mill books, losing the physical volumes means nothing as long as we keep the text. It's the information in the book that has moral value, that makes book-burning repulsive.
The project, started in 2010, is made of books which are gradually decaying, turning culture back into nature. Some of the books have been "seeded" with mushrooms, to decay more dramatically.
For the third season of the Jardin de la connaissance, the authors want to extend the garden’s transformation by applying a technique originating in recent urban culture, following a renewed sense of being active in the open spaces of the city - now as a gardener. Sampled moss from the forest is applied onto the walls as a paint mixture, a so called “moss graffiti”. While the success of actual growth is somewhat open - as with all good experiments - the cover of moss material will aesthetically expedite the slow disappearance of the garden back into the forest.I admit, part of me is *very* uncomfortable with this -- it feels as though the *knowledge* must be disappearing, along with the books. But I know that's not the case, it's just my mental habits.