Newlywed how-to Web site theNest.com posted a slideshow feature today titled "7 Common Living Room Problems — and Solutions," in which they dis everything from your record cover and framed poster "art" collection to your husband's college TV stand to your "clutter, clutter everywhere."
As a fairly recent college graduate, I refrained from taking offense to the quotation marks they put around "art." (I have several framed Andy Warhol poster prints and a photo of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's leftover from my co-ed days.)
But the suggestion of a contemporary vertical bookshelf as a remedy for your "book explosion" made me feel oddly suspicious in a conspiracy-theory sort of way.
Who wants a pancake,
Sweet and piping hot?
Good little Grace looks up and says,
"I'll take the one on top."
Who else wants a pancake,
Fresh off the griddle?
Terrible Teresa smiles and says,
"I'll take the one in the middle."