A fortuitously timed Facebook posting by author Ed Park just as I was getting ready to fly out to London a couple of weeks ago alerted me to a wonderful little exhibit called The Invisible Library. I had no idea that in addition to writing hilarious novels, editing, teaching and being a good daddy, Ed had been busy cataloging phantom books that don’t really exist but are alluded to in works of fiction. Turns out 40 of these ‘hidden novels’ were chosen by art collective INK to have their covers illustrated and displayed as part of a ‘library’ that invited visitors to write whatever they want between the pages.
The Invisible Library was cleverly tucked away in Cecil Court, an appropriately charming street near London’s Leicester Square that is lined with old book shops (or shall I say shoppes?). One Chinese visitor had scrawled a page-full in the book Who is This God Person, Anyway? by Oolon Colluphid, a book alluded to in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, itself a book named after a book that doesn’t really exist. I wish I could tell you what this person had written, but I don’t read Chinese. I imagine it was enlightening.
The Invisible Library will close shop(pe) on July 12, so if you happen to be in London, you know where to go this weekend to unleash your creative juices.