22 Ways to Explore 203 Books

We no longer need physical books, but I certainly need physical books
We no longer need physical books, but I certainly need physical books. A book can serve many purposes—from education to escape, aspiration to inspiration, status-symbol, sentimental, act of protest, or object of beauty. Although we now have the ability to hold the contents of an infinite number of digital books in the palm of our hands, many of us still prefer and cherish the physical book; perhaps now more than ever. Why? This project broadly explores the ways in which books have played a role in my life, both the routine and unexpected. Through experiments in categorization and organization, visual examination, and conversation, I uncover the partial roots of a deep attachment to the physical book. The importance of the object lies in surprising places and has triggered memory in ways I couldn’t have guessed. This exploration has been as much, if not more, about the process than it has about finding concrete answers within the pages of the 203 books on my shelves. What follows is a narrative of how this exploration ebbed and flowed across 8 months and what I learned along the way.
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