Those of you who subscribe to the newsletter might recall that I mentioned that I was planning to spend a little more time playing. This will be the first of a series of posts where I share some of what I’ve been up to.

Today’s creative exercise was inspired by Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books project.

Katchadourian is an American artist whose choice of materials and medium is often the byproduct of either chance or self-imposed rules. Sorted Books is an ongoing project in which she rearranges the contents of private and public bookshelves so the books’ spines create a statement or story:

And so, dear reader, today I emptied my own bookshelves to see what I might be able to create. These are the results:

A love story (of sorts)…

In the not quite dark, revolting prostitutes take this one to bed.

No ball games

The last children of Tokyo, (educated on heroes and tombs) hopscotch under pressure.

A film by Quentin Tarantino?

The Sisters Brothers karate chop the Invisible Man, the Bad Seed dispatches Beowulf… The lobsters run free.

& a slogan for the Middlesex Tourist Board

Middlesex: No one belongs here more than you

This was a lot of fun, but clearly the best place to play this game is the library.

As soon as this lockdown is over, that’s where I’ll be.

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