Book Keeping: A Reader's Community

Phyllis Rose


To achieve the goal of weeding sixty thousand volumes, the library has undertaken to consider ninety thousand, or 6 percent of all the books in the library. Lists of books that meet the initial weeding criteria are available to students and faculty, members of which can champion any volume they care to. The scale of the operation is stupefying.


Questions and topics for discussion for The Shelf, which describes Phyllis Rose’s grand literary experiment—to read her way through a random shelf of library books, LEQ–LES.


All my personal writing goes back to Montaigne. Although he was a modest man, who didn’t think himself extraordinary in any way, he believed that everyone’s mind was unique, and he wanted to leave a record of his own.


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