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  • Writer's pictureChanel Rion


SUN-doe-koo -- (n.) The act of buying a book and leaving it unread amongst a collection of other unread books.

A compulsory habit -- some might go so far as to dub it an addiction -- buying books and stacking them with the intention of reading them but never quite getting round to it... meet the Japanese concept of Tsundoku. Trust the Japanese to have a specific word for something that tends to disrupt the Zen aesthetic. But for most book lovers, tsundokus are not blights so much as they are the constant promise of 'more.' Tsundokus are visual reminders that there are pages of the unopened, undiscovered, and the yet to be learned things just within arm's reach. What better monument to the intention of learning than a stack of unopened books? Tsundoku is at once evidence of guilt and a testament to optimism. Nonetheless, so long as there are stacks of books to be read, there will always be something to look forward to.

~Wordeby's by Chanel Rion

🦋 ART: "The Librarian" by Andre Martins de Barros 🦋 STYLE: Surrealism



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