The OF Blog: Classifications from images presented?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Classifications from images presented?

Above are three pictures of a very small part of my book collection. Besides the obvious way to classify them, how many classification schemes can you detect from this one row of books? In which ways are these books not classified?

And for the hell of it, which books from those listed (remember, if you click on the photos, you'll see the spines much better) would you like to read, in whatever language is your native?

Oh, and for a very difficult challenge: Can you tell in which hand I held my cameraphone when I took the picture for the third pic?


E. L. Fay said...

New Weird? What's that about?

Okay, just found the Wikipedia article . . . it says that Jeff VanderMeer, who has a book right next to it, is considered a part of the "New Weird" movement of horror/sci-fi/fantasy writers. So I guess one of your methods of organization is to group books by movement?

Me, I find it easiest to just put them in chronological order. That way, I can observe the gradual evolution of literature just by looking at my bookshelves.

Larry said...

New Weird in that photo is the Romanian translation of the English-language anthology released last year that was edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. That book, along with the Polish and Greek ones to its sides, I bought from the author himself, with some personalizations inside. The only one I can hope to understand even the tiniest bit is the Romanian, since it's related to Spanish somewhat.

But no, I didn't organize the books by movement, at least not consciously! I might have to take a few photos of both my Spanish-language and English-language shelves to illustrate this. But I will say it's not strictly by author, either. Never thought about putting them in chronological order. But then again, I'm an extremely right brain-oriented person...

Mihai (Dark Wolf) said...

I believe that you order them after the country of origin of the authors, since I saw the Portuguese and the Italians together. Although I saw that Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco are separated by the French author Antoine de Saint Exupery. Also probably all the copies you have from each author are put together, despite the language of that copy.

And I believe that the hand you used is the one you don't use while you shave :D

Spike said...

I guess that "Νοσολογιον" is the Greek translation of "The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide To Eccentric & Discredited Diseases", right?

Larry said...


It is.


It's not a straight division by language, nor by author necessarily. And I'm ambidextrous, if that helps any ;)

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