If You Were A Book

Fanny De Chaillé The Library Crossing The Line 2013
Fanny De Chaillé
The Library
Crossing The Line 2013

If you were a book what would your title be? This is a question that Fanny De Chaillé asks, and she genuinely wants to know the answer. In her piece The Library, De Chaillé creates a “living library” where the people themselves are the books. This piece, part of the Crossing the Line arts festival, took place in the Haskell Library as well as the  Jefferson Market Library in New York City on Sept 24, 26 and 27. The Library reminds us of the art of storytelling. It reminds us that behind every story is a person. This is powerful in our age of Facebook and Twitter, where all our “stories” come to us in the form of 140-character sound-bites. We are constantly moving, constantly being bombarded with images, with text, with “stories.” But it’s not often we stay still and listen to a story. It’s even rarer that that story is being told to us directly by a person. And it’s probably never from the mouth of a complete stranger. But what The Library is asking us to do is to stop and to just listen. Maybe the story you’ll hear will change your life.

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