Nina Katchadourian started a project where she goes to libraries and friends' homes to photograph the spines of stacked books whose titles end up reading like flash stories, poems, haikus, jokes, and musings. Now I want to try this in my library!
From Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books project:
The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters.
View it here.