Category Archives: made of books

Book Spine Poetry, or Moving with Lots of Books is a Pain

Alex Crowley -- October 10th, 2013

I just moved to a new apartment, and probably like many of you, I don’t own a lot of things, but the thing I own a lot of is books. Boxes, crates, shelves—you name it and it has books in or on it. So to keep from going nutty while I unpacked and (re)organized, I decided to make some book spine poems. Of course there’s always some measure of narcissism in a little project like this (“ooh, look at all the cool books I have!“), but I also think seeing someone else’s personal library is a window into their head (however small the window or head). So in that spirit, I’m posting my poems below, and you all should make some and send them our way! Take pics and tweet them to us @pwreviews and we’ll retweet them to all our followers.

better off without ‘em

I am a strange loop

louder than hell

beyond good and evil

you will die

civilization and its discontents

leaning against the rain

against architecture

the damned

in baltic circles

near to the wild heart

you are not dead

from the observatory

on the spectrum of possible deaths

to keep love blurry


down the rabbit hole

on the tracks of game


either way I’m celebrating

consciousness explained

modern music and after

a brief history of time

blood, class, and empire

coming of age as a poet

making your own days

laughable loves

by word of mouth

seven american deaths and disasters

A Table Made of Books

Craig Morgan Teicher -- January 19th, 2011

We have another entry in what’s become an ongoing series of posts about stuff–furniture, principally–made of books.  Today we’ve got a table from the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, where donated books were used to create the above display.  This pic comes to us via Corey M Dalton.

So, now that we’ve got the ball really rolling, let’s see what other stuff we can find made of books.  Email cteicher [at] or dm @PWxyz on twitter.

More Amazing Stuff Made of Books

Craig Morgan Teicher -- January 14th, 2011

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for some fun.  We thought we’d continue our series of cool Google image search for books.  Remember a little while ago when we showed you those vases made of books?  Well, it turns out there’s a heck of a lot more where they came from.  Not only is there the chair above, but the blog Off Beat Earth has rounded up all kinds of really cool art made of books, including the, um, things below, and lots more.

Book Vases!

Craig Morgan Teicher -- December 15th, 2010

I was just Googling around this morning, looking for something interesting to blog about and I stumbled upon this post from 2008 in Dezeen, a design blog.  They’re book vases!  Vases made of books!  By Laura Cahill. How cool!  Don’t you want one?  Ok, now back to work…