Friday, December 09, 2005

A Bookshop That Thinks It's a Hotel: A Hotel That Thinks It's a Library

Beds in a bookshop?? I found this story about a bookshop owner who invites customers to actually live among the books on Eric's blog. The cost of lodging at Shakespeare and Co?
All he asks is that you make your bed in the morning, help out in the shop, and read a book a day.
I think I could manage that! (Okay, the make my bed part is a tad tough but I'd be good at the last bit ...)

Mercer also listed his top ten favourite bookshops in the Guardian a few days ago and points the way to some other gems around the world.

Thanks, Jean, for telling me about the Library Hotel in New York where each hotel floor and room is classified by the Dewey Decimal:
The third floor is Social Sciences; the fourth is Language; the fifth is Math and Science; the sixth is Technology; the seventh is The Arts; the eight is Literature; the ninth is History; the 10th is General Knowledge; the 11th is Philosophy; and the 12th is Religion. Each of the Library’s elegantly appointed guest rooms is decorated with framed art and a library of books that relate to the room’s specific Dewey Decimal theme.
Health tip. I'm a firm believer in sleeping among books so that words can seep into your dreams by osmosis ...


Kak Teh said...

when I first went back to uni , i actually wanted to bring sleeping bag, coffee flask and torchlight, so that I can camp in the library on Floor C between shelves G-K. So many books to read, so little time - many2 books that I missed while growing up in Malaysia, are there. anyway, - mailed u my number already - did u get it, and other mails?

bibliobibuli said...

why especially between shelves g-k?

thanks, yes, got your number and will call

Kak Teh said...

hahaha - that's because books that I need are stacked there. yap - call!

Anonymous said...

I do that a lot. Drink a Fanta for me :)

"In the 1/8/01 Time magazine, there was an article called 'Graded by my students.' Author Ben Marcus is a Columbia University writing teacher. Its subtitle was “Through some dubious teaching techniques, I’ve learned to win good evaluations from my classes.” After telling his students the sometimes harsh truth about writing, he got blasted in many of their evaluations. Dropping that approach he found, “They loved me because I agreed that writing should be easy.”