Marie Kondo, Tidying Up, and Books - Jihyun Unni
Marie Kondo, known for Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, came out with a new Netflix series, in which she says people should throw away books that don’t “spark joy” or even rip out pages that spark joy and toss the rest. Book lovers, of course, were outraged. I went ahead and watched some of the episodes to see what it was really about. I’ve skimmed through her book some time ago because my mom told me to, although I didn’t read it thoroughly. I, too, am upset at the mere thought of the senseless atrocity of tearing books apart. But everything else, I have to say I’m in agreement with Kondo for the most part. I certainly am a book lover, and I am not really into organization, but most importantly, I am a pragmatist. I live in a megalopolis, where physical space isn’t cheap. And since I don’t own a home, I am at the mercy of my landlord and I have to move whenever the landlord decides to not renew the lease. Owning a lot of paper books is, if I’m being perfectly honest with myself, a burden. It especially makes less sense when I have access to