I can't remember how I stumbled across this photo group on Flickr, but it's so neat I thought I'd pass it along. Called the Bookshelf Project, it's a collection of photos of book collections that the 900 members of the group have uploaded.
(Congratulations! If you clicked on the link above before reading further, you have arrived. You are a true book nerd. Your membership card and secret decoder ring will be arriving in the mail in 4-6 weeks.)
One thing I noticed after scanning through a few pages of thumbnails: when you look at photos of books en masse, it's not unlike flipping through a pornographic magazine really quickly. Your senses are flooded by a tidal wave of a single colour palette (though books tend to fall into the grey-blue area of the spectrum, while porn tends to be more on the, er, "peachy" side), and there's a strange rush coupled with a kind of Zen peace that comes from being inundated by an almost kaleidoscopic barrage of repeating images.
No, I'm not high right now. I swear.
Speaking of which, I haven't even begun to view all 1500+ pictures, but of the ones I've seen so far, this (uploaded by a member called etara) is definitely my favourite:
Whoa, dude. I think somebody spiked the punch.
I don't know where this picture was taken, and there's no information on the page. When I tried to do a search, the keywords "big-ass spiral tower thingy of books" didn't yield results, strangely enough. If anyone could enlighten me before this drives me NUTS, I'd appreciate it.