I love the quote from the bookseller:
a bookseller in Hadley, Mass., says it is impossible to put together a serious library on almost any subject for less than several hundred thousand dollars.
But, of course! What else is an independent bookseller going to say to someone with a bazillion dollars - I have a couple of used paperback copies of that. What do you need a leatherbound edition from 1850 for?
If Oprah is giving books a boost - think what a television show entitled Libraries of the Rich and Famous would do! Although perhaps others don't have the obsession with creative spaces that I do. I guess I consider libraries creative spaces and not refuges.
I'll add some pictures of writers' workspaces below just for fun.
A. S. Byatt:
The pictures above are taken from a feature The Guardian ran for a while entitled Writers' Rooms.