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Archive for January 2008

Twilight of the books

bookdepository

An amazing photoset on Flickr: The Detroit Public Schools Book Depository/ Roosevelt Warehouse

This is a building where our deeply-troubled public school system once stored its supplies, and then one day apparently walked away from it all, allowing everything to go to waste. The interior has been ravaged by fires and the supplies that haven’t burned have been subjected to 20 years of Michigan weather. To walk around this building transcends the sort of typical ruin-fetishism and “sadness” some get from a beautiful abandoned building. This city’s school district is so impoverished that students are not allowed to take their textbooks home to do homework, and many of its administrators are so corrupt that every few months the newspapers have a field day with their scandals, sweetheart-deals, and expensive trips made at the expense of a population of children who can no longer rely on a public education to help lift them from the cycle of violence and poverty that has made Detroit the most dangerous city in America. To walk through this ruin, more than any other, I think, is to obliquely experience the real tragedy of this city; not some sentimental tragedy of brick and plaster, but one of people.

Sweet Juniper!, via mefithingsmakinglight

“Read them and weep”, I think, is the only appropriate comment here. This is just tragic – as one of the commenters on Sweet Juniper says, “There is a guy in Detroit, wearing a nice suit, that is responsible for this. He gets to go home smiling, well paid, and nothing will be done about it.”

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Written by Dave Lovely

January 27, 2008 at 12:08 am

Posted in america, books, education, libraries

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Very like a whale

Dino Buzzati, novelist, writer of short stories, I know quite well – one story, about a man hospitalized for some unspecified disease, and moved repeatedly from ward to ward, and level to level, in the hospital according to the supposed severity of said disease, is as Kafkaesque as anything by Kafka.

Dino Buzzati, illustrator, not so much – until now.

[via wrongdistance]

Written by Dave Lovely

January 25, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Hand over those other two books!

Hmm….sounds like a good plan. I quite fancy being Language-Master of Space , too.

From Beyond the Unknown covers, via ffffound!.

Written by Dave Lovely

January 3, 2008 at 10:52 am

Posted in funny, reading

Taking care of business

If there were a head-hunter in your neighbourhood, you would, I’m sure, feel somewhat reassured to learn that he bore a stout, manly, pipe-smoking sort of name like Dick Heatherton, now, wouldn’t you?

Ephemerally Yours has a tremendous collection of stuff up at Flickr, incidentally. Go see.

Written by Dave Lovely

January 2, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Taking care of business

If there were a head-hunter in your neighbourhood, you would, I’m sure, feel somewhat reassured to learn that he bore a stout, manly, pipe-smoking sort of name like Dick Heatherton, now, wouldn’t you?

Ephemerally Yours has a tremendous collection of stuff up at Flickr, incidentally. Go see.

Written by Dave Lovely

January 2, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Posted in Uncategorized