The Library hosted “Dewey’s Nightmare,” seven blindfolded playwrights pick seven random volumes, and from them write seven plays in eleven days.
The Reanimation Library, a 600-book collection assembled by Indie-rock drummer and library-school graduate Andrew Beccone, uses the LC Classification, but is itself extremely hard to classify. Is it a library? An art project? Playful? Serious? Ironic? Kitsch?
The home page puts it simply:
“The Reanimation Library is a small, independent library based in Brooklyn. It is a collection of books that have fallen out of mainstream circulation. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles across the country and given new life as resource material for artists, writers, and other cultural archeologists.”
A quote by playwright Eric Sanders, who directed the Dewey’s Nightmare project (see photo), appealed to me greatly:
“There has been a sort of junk shop curiosity movement over the last 10 years in indie culture–with things like Found Magazine–and I think there is a misconception that Beccone is just taking random trash and calling it a collection, but he’s vetting everything and treating his library like its the rare books collection at Harvard.”
Although a friend of LibraryThing, Beccone went with his own library catalog, a simple, but elegant title list, built into the RA website—itself a work of art. That’s too bad. It’d be interesting to see how members’ libraries stacked up against the RA collection. (I recognize quite a few of the books from my parents’ house.) And it’d be great to get the covers on LibraryThing.
Check out the article. Our congratulations to Beccone for his unique accomplishment.