New York, January 2009 — Very cold winter. Temperatures dropped below zero in the morning. This bookshelf is located on the 4th Floor of a pre-war building. The two big heavy books do a great job defying gravity. It is a miracle that they did not get swept away by gusty winds. They could have landed on some unaware passers-by’s skulls, knocking them out right away or killing them on the spot. Maybe that’s what will happen someday. The apartment is occupied. Have you seen the curtains ?
How long have these books been staying outdoors ? How can they survive in the cold, the rain and so high above sea level ? Last question : Is this place the proper place for books ?