Saturday, May 9, 2020

The joy of "Bookcase Credibility"

One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the urgent need for us to remain home to help stop the virus's spread is that many of us now "exist" primarily through our Zoom and Zoom-like video chats. Hunched in front of our computers, we speak into the tiny camera that often captures us in unflattering light and environs. Cinematography, it ain't. But some have been quicker to catch on to production values and backgrounds, and that includes those who love books and also those who want us to think they love books. They hope to say something about themselves by where the camera is expertly aimed.

Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility), a Twitter account launched last month, has the motto "what you say is not as important as the bookcase behind you" and provides witty commentary about the experts and celebrities who appear in news coverage alongside their home libraries. When your shelves are there for the world to see, there are no holds barred on the opinions.

Here are some of my favorite posts, preserved for posterity as screenshots.

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