February 24, 2015
“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).
February 10, 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.”
Source: “What I Read,” The Atlantic (August 25, 2010), quoted by the Conyers, Georgia-based Michael Gilleland in his endlessly fascinating blog Lauditor Temporis Acti.
November 19, 2014
If you subscribe to Facebook, The Goodwill Librarian has assembled a separate FB page of gift ideas for the booklovers in your life – or for yourself, if you count yourself among the booklovers of the world.
The annual year-end hollerdays are approaching, as may the birthday of your favorite booklover, so take a gander.
September 17, 2014
This past spring, Princeton Architectural Press published The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson.
Brainpickings recently published a lengthy review by Maria Popova – lengthy partly because her review includes multiple samples of Dawson’s photos, like the one above.
The review includes links to the title at Amazon.com, which includes excerpts from other reviews – all of them, like Popova’s, uniformly positive.
Found via a Facebook posting by Leslie Kahn (via Catherine Korvin)
August 11, 2014
Over at the always-fabulous Book Riot, Becky Cole has assembled links to (and helpfully described) 15 collections of bookish images created by bookloving users of the wildly popular – and image-collection site – and notorious time-sink – Pinterest. Readers of Becky’s post provide links to several additional bookish Pinteret collections.
Thank you, Becky, for steering your fellow booklovers toward many hours of pleasant wallowing in such photogenic bibliophilic pastures!
Found posted to Facebook by Eat Sleep Read
August 8, 2014
The website The Toast has posted a sampling of titles from novels published in the 1700s. The lengthy list is alphabetically arranged, so you’ll need to scroll down through it to find some of the best gems. (Personal fave: He’s Always in the Way.)
Also funny: some of the readers’ comments.
Posted to Facebook by Mitch Gould