People Realize Looking Smart Is Fun: A slow economy brings out the…

A slow economy brings out the fustiness in all of us, which might be why private libraries are making a comeback. Says a New York architect: "Libraries connote elegance and quality." Mass-market home builders are sipping the tea too— they're putting libraries in their floorplans and rolling out the rolling ladders. What of the fact that tons of people do most of their reading online nowadays, if at all? An author's advice: "If you're not reading what's on your bookshelves, you should find something else to decorate with." Like, say, DVDs. [WSJ]

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