This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve waxed poetic on the bookshelf—nor will it be the last—and this bookshelf, photographed in New York Magazine’s spring design spread (of the home of none other than Whoopi Goldberg) is a prime example of what you should be going for.

See, now that we’re doing just about all of our reading electronically, the bookshelf has become less of a necessary storage unit and more of a place to collect one’s ideals—if possible, bound in leather—and tokens of worldliness. It’s a handsome way to display, as proudly or discreetly, the things you’ve deemed important enough to hold on to over the years—whether it’s a first edition, a particularly meaningful award or a vintage snow globe. Or in Ms. Goldberg’s case: at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony rest on these tucked-away shelves. (We hear Marvin Hamlisch has his EGOT bookshelf displayed less discreetly.)

And with this morning’s announcement of Tony Award nominees, you could very well be on your way to one of these yourself… Philip Seymour Hoffman.

(We’re assuming he’s got a spoken word/poetry slam album in the works.)

—N.B.

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  • Najib Benouar