That was something I learned from NPR’s Susan Stamberg while accompanying her as recording technician on one of her interviews in the early 1990s. While the subject was a rather famous author so the bookshelf was a ridiculously sophisticated knockout, I always remembered that bit of advice. It’s not about what one is reading now, but the books accumulated over a lifetime.
It also made me think- what does my bookshelf say about me? It’s a history of my interests, containing books on cinema history and its auteurs, the historical fiction of Gore Vidal, lots of biographies and oddly thick history texts, through to current reads on PR, marketing and social media. Oh right, and lots of baseball. By the way- I am, indeed, talking about tangible media, and those books are going nowhere.
Does that say anything about me? It must. What’s on your bookshelf? Feel free to let us all know in the comments.
Blog readers: I am riding the Pan-Mass Challenge this summer, a 2-day bicycle trek across Massachusetts to raise money for the Jimmy Fund in support of cancer research. Will you join the generous folks who have sponsored my ride? Click any part of this message to go to my fundraising page– and thank you!