I can’t stand the thought of throwing away books. I can’t even recycle them. I bought a kindle a while back, so I purchase far less travel fiction than I used to, but I held on to my undergrad textbooks far beyond their shelf life because they didn’t sell and I couldn’t bear the thought of trashing them.
And that is why, at this very moment, there are five boxes of books packed in our dining room, more still on the shelves and piles to be donated (somewhere, anywhere!) before the move.
Personally, I don’t consider books sacrosanct – we’ve made book vaults, used book pages as envelope liners, happily taken paperbacks to the beach – but in my mind, there’s a difference between deconstruction and disposal. The latter is just heartbreaking, but the former, illustrated handily by Ekaterina Panikanova’s Errata Corrige, can be inspiring and a-okay in my…book.
Working in ink on a collage of books, Panikanova assembles varied and sometimes surreal scenes, and then shuffles the arrangement to mix components of multiple works.
Errata or corrigenda (from the titular latin, errata corrige) are corrections to books or articles, published after the original text.
And if anyone wants to take some books off our hands before August 31…
image credits: Ekaterina Panikanova