A library that looks like a shelf of books? Brill! Even better, this looks like it could be my bookshelf…
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This picture contains two of my favorite things: ridiculously adorable kitties and a ton of books. Win!
get off of there cat. you are not books. you don’t even have pages you are a cat.
In this Livejournal post, George R. R. Martin discusses finally being done, done, DONE with A Dance with Dragons. He also breaks down some metrics for us, giving us a chronology of manuscript completion statuses.
There are ALSO a few spoilers regarding which perspectives we’ll be seeing in A Dance with Dragons. I won’t lie, I’m rather distraught at one POV that won’t be returning until the next book. However, there are two that send me over the moon with happiness - especially since they help make up the bulk of the book.
So much excitement. I’ll be re-reading A Storm of Swords in short order as part of my summer prep. And I wish GRRM all good luck and good cheer as The Winds of Winter clambers up on his back to replace the fallen A Dance with Dragons!
Generally, I am against dropping houses (or books) on poor Wicked Witches and then absconding with their glittery shoes.
However, this bookmark is just too clever not to share. Via imgur and my friend David.
“Next week, the University of Chicago, will open the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. The library sits as an addition to the Regenstein Library, next to Henry Moore’s “Nuclear Energy” statue (place on the site of the world’s first nuclear reactor). From the outside, the new library appears to be a glass dome sitting on the ground. Inside this dome, visitors will find no book shelves and no stacks. Only reading tables in a reading room. It is what is beneath this room that makes the library interesting. Below this reading room is a vault where the books are bar-coded and stored in bins. Because the items are not meant to be browsed, they are not sorted by subject. They are sorted by size in order to maximize the efficient use of each bin. The volumes are searched for online and retrieved by cranes, then delivered to the researcher.”
The practical part of me, and the part that loves innovation, are crowing about the brilliance of this new library concept: truly a stroke of genius! However, the parts of me what crave serendipitous finds and passive guidance from like-sorted-to-like quail — how cold efficiency can be! How structured an experience, open to no easy method of stumbling upon something new, something you weren’t quite looking for! It’s a strange thing, to be so simultaneously attracted and repelled.
I can’t escape seeing the value this type of library would have for the researcher, but I hope libraries directed primarily at the pleasure of reading remain the same sprawling floorplan of crowded bookshelves as always. I have many fond memories of wandering such hallowed halls, awed by the Hushed Temple of Glorious Prospective Reads, running my hands over the spines and picking up whatever caught my fancy. I would be most dismayed for that to become a rare experience for posterity.