A Booklover’s Attachment to His Books

August 18, 2015


Confirmed booklover Patrick Kurp, a prolific and articulate blogger, writes at Anecdotal Evidence:

“We live autobiographically through our books,…and we don’t feel the same way about our furniture or neckties. More than an aggregation of paper and ink, our books constitute a surrogate self; sculpted, not merely accreted, a whole reassuringly greater than its parts.”

Amen to that.

Read the rest of Patrick’s thoughtful reverie on the inevitable fate of every personal library.

Spying on Other People’s Bookshelves

August 17, 2015


From Theodore Dalrymple’s The Pleasure of Thinking: A Journey Through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas (Gibson Square Books, 2012):

“I know many people who, when they enter a house for the first time, are inclined (even if they control themselves) to go straight up to the bookshelves to find out what their hosts are made of: for taste is a more reliable guide to character than opinion. I am like this: I control myself, but in a room with a substantial number of books I feel a tension mounting in myself until I have found out what they are. Indeed, I often fake or manufacture a reason for sidling up to them, and examining them out of the corner of my eye.”

Quoted by Patrick Krup at his blog Anecdotal Evidence

Bookish Cartoon du Jour

August 17, 2015

Cartoon of print vs electronic books


Posted to Facebook by Luciano Pires

A Bunch of “Cool” Bookstores

August 5, 2015

Cool Bookstores article image

CNN’s website posted some photos of some groovy bookstores around the world, most of which most booklovers have seen photos of before. Still.

Found via a Facebook posting by DC-based book blogger Thomas Otto

Photos of More Gobsmackingly Beautiful Libraries

July 21, 2015


This year-old Mental Floss  compilation of 62 buildings from all over the planet is fun to scroll through, especially if you decide to seek out and visit one of them during your next trip to a city where one of these treasures is located.

As with any list of Gorgeous Libraries, readers have augmented this list with additional favorites of their own.

Found via a Facebook posting by retired librarian Tom Budlong 

Bookish Murals

July 13, 2015

Buildings adorned with murals featuring books.

From Flavorwire via The Goodwill Librarian’s Facebook page

Spectacular Libraries Around the World

July 10, 2015


Some of these you have seen already, others you probably haven’t. This particular roundup provides more description of the highlighted libraries’ content and history than most similar surveys.

Posted by Facebook by retired Atlanta librarian Tom Budlong


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