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    Take a look inside this infinite stack of books (not your TBR pile).

    Jonny Diamond

    February 18, 2021, 9:06am

    People like to joke about their infinite to-be-read piles taking over their bedrooms (or, alternately, lament the impossibility of reading even a fraction of the books they’d like to before the sweet embrace of death, which, if you do math…). But what does an infinite TBR pile actually look like?

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    Well, Slovak artist Matej Kren created a tower of 8,000 books (called “Idiom”) in the Municipal Library of Prague that, if you peak within, appears to stretch on forever. Maybe it’s because I’m in the “read a lot of books” business, but this honestly gives me a lot of anxiety! It is, however, objectively cool.

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