Posts Tagged ‘libraries’

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What am I reading?

January 16, 2013

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Paper sculpture found at Hovercraft Doggy.

Also related – paper sculpture by Joel Cooper.  Fascinating.

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What are my books saying about me?

June 27, 2012

Have not posted for a while because I have been traveling – pleasure and then business – with limited connectivity.  I saw this story this morning in the Wall Street Journal, “A House to Look Smart In.”  It talks about how some people – 30 to 55 year-olds with money – are hiring people to design their libraries in order to look smart and well-read.  There are probably other reasons that are not so cynical.  The article also talks about luxury publishers and rare book dealers, as well as collection developers.  All of this in opposition to the rise in e-publishing and the heralded demise of ink and paper books.

I particularly liked this quote from the rare book dealer, Donald Heald, “If you want to own a great atlas of London from the 18th century, that when you hold it in your hands you’re transported, there is no app for that.”

I have an e-reader and a Kindle and I still buy books and go to the library and lend and borrow books from my friends.  I don’t know what that says about me, except that, as you know, I own over 300 cookbooks.  More about them later.

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What am I driving?

April 25, 2012

What a beauty! Forget texting; this vehicle goes way beyond that.  This is from the bookshelf blog.

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What did I find interesting?

March 10, 2012

Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, is now collecting and preserving “one copy of every book.”

My thoughts naturally turned to the Library of Alexandria, whose loss I still deplore.  Kahle said:

“We must keep the past even as we’re inventing a new future,” he said. “If the Library of Alexandria had made a copy of every book and sent it to India or China, we’d have the other works of Aristotle, the other plays of Euripides. One copy in one institution is not good enough.”

More about the project here.