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I recently came across a great blog – Bookshelf Porn“Porn for book lovers. A photo blog collection of all the best bookshelf photos from around the world for people who *heart* bookshelves.”

National Geographic Society’s Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis called on architect and designer Travis Price to construct his very own personal at-home workspace in Washington, DC.

It is a photo gallery of all the crazy and wonderfully creative ways people are storing their print books. Very visually appealing.

Wade Davis, National Geographic Society’s Explorer-in-Residence, was at the University of Winnipeg recently in December 2011 and gave a lecture entitled: The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. He has given a couple of TED talks: The Worldwide Web of Belief and Ritual and Dreams from Endangered Cultures. I noticed that Wade had a photo of his own personal at-home workspace in Washington, DC postedon Bookshelf Porn.

As Davis often laments the passing of rare cultures, rituals, languages, art, and traditions as they become subsumed by a more homogeneous and modern pop-ethos, I’m fascinated by this depiction of his personal library as a merging of old with a new styling and perspective. Is the old (print medium) somehow not subsumed or at least set aside here? Do those that vehemently oppose certain trends or defend particular beliefs truly understand them at all or do they understand them too well? Perhaps Bookshelf Porn is the appropriate place to have found this photo – like other obscenities we find, we know it when we see it. Of course I should be careful when using we unless I can gain universal support in making such a collective statement.

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