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March 12 2013

Woman Reading in an Interior, Carl Vilhelm Holsoe (Danish, 1863-1935). Oil on canvas.
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March 06 2013

Penguin English Library.
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Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay. In the modern state there are very few sites where this is possible. The only others that come readily to my mind require belief in an omnipotent creator as a condition for membership. It would seem the most obvious thing in the world to say that the reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. But it seems we need, right now, to keep re-stating the obvious. There aren’t many institutions left that fit so precisely Keynes’ definition of things that no one else but the state is willing to take on. Nor can the experience of library life be recreated online. It’s not just a matter of free books. A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal.
Remember, ideas become things.
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March 02 2013

Richard Le Gallienne, 1890, Frederick Hollyer.
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March 01 2013

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February 27 2013

Books don't offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
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February 22 2013

I take part in the 70 Book Challenge (find out more about it here).

January 2013

1. Nation by Terry Pratchett.
2. Darkness visible: a memoir of madness by William Styron.
3. How To Stay Sane by Philippa Perry.
4. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.
5. The Outsider by Albert Camus.

February 2013

6. The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss.
7. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny.
8. The Fall by Albert Camus.
9. Crisis in Museums: globalisation of culture by Jean Clair.
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Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
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February 20 2013

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February 01 2013

Holmes & Watson, Lee Eric Shackleford.

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January 28 2013

The world was a terrible place, cruel, pitiless, dark as a bad dream. Not a good place to live. Only in books could you find pity, comfort, happiness - and love. Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn’t ask anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.
Cornelia Funke
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