Remember the episode of Seinfeld when George took an expensive art book into the bathroom at a bookstore (he finds the pastoral imagery of the French Impressionists very conducive to…) and then is forced to buy it because he defiled it? He tries to return it when different people are working and discovers it’s been flagged as a bathroom book. He then tries to donate it to get a tax receipt and learns that it’s been flagged in all the city’s databases. So good. I mean really, who wants to touch a book that someone else has brought into the bathroom with them?
But what if you keep all your books in the bathroom? In a lot of ways, it’s the perfect place for a bookshelf. According to George, “If it weren’t for the toilet, there would be no books!” so why not keep a supply close at hand? Author Michael Cunningham’s bathroom library was featured on Remodelista last week. Isn’t it gorgeous? I love how packed the shelves are, interspersed with the odd artfully placed objet. But the display isn’t too contrived; it’s mostly about the books. And the stack of magazines on the side of the bathtub? I love it. I’m imagining it to be just the right blend of New Yorker and Vanity Fair. I can see how someone might log a lot of hours in this room (no pun intended).
Below, a clip of George’s best moments from The Bookstore (season 9, episode 17). Still the funniest show on television.