How charming to hang a small book of essential reading by the bed, or, as we imagine, anywhere, including the loo. It takes only a two or three-foot cord knotted at one hand to be snugged like a bookmark into the spine of the book, and hung from a tack which readily pushes into drywall. You can take the book off the cord to read it in a moment and just as quickly hang it back up. We figure 10 ounces is about the maximum weight.
What small, light books would provide just the right hits of illumination? We can think of many:
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino has a quiet outside with a deeply wonderful, multi-dimensional, mind-expanding inside.
And of course, a small notebook is always a good idea, for dreams or ideas, like this tiny red Moleskine.
What book would you hang… and where?
We stumbled upon this unattributed image while scrolling through year’s old pages of Ocean Vuong’s tumblr on the Wayback Machine.