Found at The Reading Room; posted on Facebook by The Goodwill Librarian
“The conditions in which we read today are not those of 50 or even 30 years ago,” says novelist and critic Tim Parks in this excellent article by Oliver Burkman from (as is so often the case with excellent articles) the UK-based Guardian.
In addtion to the sensible (if not unsurprising) suggestions you’ll find in the article, you will discover several other excellent (and several humorous) methods proposed by the article’s readers, so be sure to scroll through those comments also.
Found by Atlanta-based booklover (and habitual Guardian reader) Katharine Suttell
Not that there are only nine, of course, but there are at least nine, according to Bustle blogger Mariana Zepeta.
Found via Book Riot via a Facebook posting by the Goodwilll Librarian
To mark this year’s National Library Week, CNN recently posted to its website photos of several of the usual suspects, and threw in a few additional not-so-often photographed stunners, like the Iowa State Law Library. Enjoy!
Posted to Facebook by Michael Wilson
Earthporm has posted a photo- gallery that will interest most booklovers: books that artists have transformed into startling sculptural objects.
(Hat tip to my sister – and artist – Lori Gough for bringing this gallery to my attention.)
“The existence of public libraries was kept from me as long as possible (the knowledge would, it was thought, interfere with my studies), but when the secret broke at last, I rapidly became what in those days was an especially irritating kind of borrower, who brought back in the evening the books he had borrowed in the morning and read in the afternoon….Such was my first experience of the addictive excitement a large open-access public library generates: the sense of imminent discovery, the impulse to start on twenty books at once.”
Source: Philip Larkin, “Shelving the Issue,” The New Statesman (1977); reprinted in Further Requirements: Interviews, Broadcasts, Statements and Book Reviews, 1952-85 (2001); quoted by Patrick Krup in his blog Anecdotal Evidence (February 19, 2015).
I am no fan of Joseph Epstein – his dismissive attitudes of other writers and his gratuitous (and suspiciously frequent) disparagement of gay people prevent that – but the man can certainly write well:
“What, you might wonder, do I do with all the time I don’t spend in endless swamp of ephemeral news? Well, I’ve made a little rediscovery of a marvelous invention called books, which I’m told are going out of style but which give a satisfaction much deeper than any other means of communication I know. You might want to turn off your computer, trash your newspaper, flick off your television, and give them a shot.”