18 December 2011

me and Herman Melville


I've started cataloging the books in the ancestral home in which I'm living. Yes, I'm doing it in LibraryThing as I have done with my personal library. It was interesting to watch the libraries closest to mine as I cataloged my own books. LibraryThing tells you the closest as weighted, raw, and recent. The weighted comparison is number of common books to total number of books. I've done about 60 books so far from the sectional bookcase in the front parlor downstairs and my closest weighted library is now Herman Melville's. Pretty neat.

I have read a couple of Melville's books in the past few years: Moby Dick and Redfern. Enjoyed 'em both. I think it was the first time I'd read Moby Dick but probably read excerpts at various points in school.

We'll see how this progresses and which books I might keep out of boxes in order to read. The point, you see, is to put some of the ancestral books in boxes so that my own books can come out of boxes.

1 comment:

Sherman Clarke said...

Here I said: The point, you see, is to put some of the ancestral books in boxes so that my own books can come out of boxes.

The New York Times, in talking today (21 October 2012) about Mitt Romney's vocabulary, said he was likely to use "if you will" in a similar position. I wonder if "you see" is more blue-state.