My June 14, 2022 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:
The age of Zoom, the videoconferencing tool, has made most of its users newly conscious of how their working space looks. Many choose to display some tasteful pottery, maybe fresh flowers and often a few artfully arranged books. ¶ I admit to tastefully arranging magazines on my coffee table when I have company. The practice of arranging books to enhance your public image, however, has ratcheted up to a whole new level.