A glass-walled, high-ceiling library will take up part of the first floor, but the developer says not to expect to find books in the room. ‘Nobody really reads books. So I’m just going to fill the shelves with white books, for looks.’

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7 Responses to “On the Persistences of Libraries”

  1. adam Says:

    At some point one reaches for the word’excess.’ And can’t you imagine the LA ninja gangs scaling those sheer cliff walls? Or perhaps this is Donald Trump’s exit strategy, so the Secret Service will be there to repel them?

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    adam: LOL.

    And yeah – I feel pretty comfortable using the word ‘excess’ in connection with a 100,000 square foot, 500 million dollar house.

  3. Bruce Foster Says:

    This is not a new trend.I have a friend who is a used book seller who said he often was offered whole libraries of books that looked like matched sets. They were published in the early 20th century so that wealthy people could line their libraries with impressive looking books. He said that they never appeared to ever have been opened. They were always worthless titles bound in fine bindings.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Bruce: Yes – what’s new is that no one even pretends, and everything is on a far larger scale.

    All of this recalls that great scene in Gatsby, when a guest marvels at Gatsby’s extensive fake library:

    “See!” he cried triumphantly. “It’s a bona-fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella’s a regular Belasco. It’s a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too – didn’t cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?”

  5. Janet Gool Says:

    Thirty bedrooms? Why do I automatically think of how to convert this monstrosity into a nursing home? Ditch the cigar lounge and replace the white books with large print and it just might work.

  6. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Janet: LOL. Lovely thought.

  7. theprofessor Says:

    Talk about butt-ugly.

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