"What you say is not as important as the bookcase behind you."
As the world transitions to making video conferencing the norm (for now at least), sometimes it's not as much about what is being said in the meeting as what is sitting behind you in the meeting. Your collection of books suddenly takes center stage, and the pressure is on.
“Bookcase Credibility” @BCredibility is a Twitter account that ruthlessly and uproariously roasts and rates the different background bookcases shown on live television interviews. The account launched a few weeks ago. and it is a scathing, hilarious, and genius thread we hope never ever ends. From decoding the contents of the shelves to delving into the deeper meaning behind where the bookshelf is placed in the room, this account will keep the laughs going for a while.
This is, hands down, one of the best things we've seen come from the 2020 quarantine.
Check out some of these gems:
Agnes Poirier. This is unnerving. Those books are the credibility version of the mashed potato in Close Encounters. Aliens with a deep respect for knowledge may have made first contact with Agnes. pic.twitter.com/RbuwEDJupf— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 24, 2020
It looks like Tom Colicchio panicked, sprinted round his house and threw himself in front of his kid's bookcase as he went live. A good choice. That much Dog Man is undeniable. But the books below suggest Dog Man, the soft toy and Boggle are all Tom's. He speaks his noble truth. pic.twitter.com/RZZXX9jXtm— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 23, 2020
A quietly powerful move from Steve Carell, who allows the bookcase to peep over his chair so we know he's packing. He's like a detective quietly easing back his suit jacket and letting what's on his hip speak for itself. pic.twitter.com/7pKaaoqnZi— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 22, 2020
Renad Mansour. This is lovely. The shelves reach tenderly over and protect him as he speaks. Renad is made secure by knowledge. pic.twitter.com/AQqtZUpr5k— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 22, 2020
It looks like Arundhati Roy lives with a book-loving poltergeist and is in for a surprise when she turns round but no, she has built book cairns. They are burial sites or signposts, human understanding has reached an end or there is a path ahead. Which is it? Arundhati knows. pic.twitter.com/kn10Rvql2d— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 20, 2020
Bridie O'Donnell goes colour coordinated but, drama! All the Pretty Horses is in the wrong area! Bridie will be mortified. Unless it's deliberate, the book is after all about crossing borders. It would have caused her physical pain to do it but the credibility payoff is huge. pic.twitter.com/0psIp3vR45— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 20, 2020
Dominic Waghorn does something here so spectacular it should be named after him. He turns one book spine in. As a result, everyone has to know what it is. Why that book? This is Waghorning. The book he has Waghorned is by George Packer. I know because the Waghorning meant I must. pic.twitter.com/OnLdJdIGWR— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 18, 2020
If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. Peter Kyle! Dear me, Peter. This is the credibility equivalent of hurriedly doing your homework in the registration period before class. Those poor books. It's like seeing noble, wild animals dressed as clowns in a circus. pic.twitter.com/6puxq3LEpn— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 20, 2020
Rachel Reeves has taken no chances here. Everything is bookcase. No gap has been left where credibility might leak away. Utilising three dimensions, sending a bookcase charging at us along a wall, leaves us no sanctuary. We are overwhelmed, swamped by credibility. pic.twitter.com/p2wwYCVKx7— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) April 22, 2020
Carmen Maria Machado sensationally raises the mind-body problem by asking can a bookcase give credibility to a leg? The human face replaced in a credibility grab by a different body part is a paradigm shift. Does a leg need credibility? A new area of credibility studies opens up. pic.twitter.com/DjYj9RumC4— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 18, 2020
Paula White presents facing outwards two copies of her own book, one immediately below the other in case your eye should wander. That is more than a bookcase can take. The glass doors are presumably there so the other books can't throw themselves out and end their embarrassment. pic.twitter.com/KzdNiyHg2L— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 13, 2020
Huge thanks to @HarveyKoh for sending the Inception of credibility. Michelle Ballantyne has a bookcase behind her but behind her in the photo of herself behind her! Freud would jump from his seat if shown this. Outwardly she needs no help but her unconscious dreams of a bookcase. pic.twitter.com/FIyZHA3v80— Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) May 22, 2020
Though we could literally spend our entire day on this feed, we think you should explore the genius for yourselves.
What’s on your bookcase? Have you found yourself rearranging it to give more credibility when you realize it's going to be attending a meeting with you? Give us the scoop in the comments.