Posts Tagged ‘libraries

Marking time

A day in a medieval city.

News from an invisible library.


Charme”, “objet sacré”,” objet de pouvoir”, “objet de protection”, “talisman”, “grigri”, “objet magique”, “objet personne”, autant de termes utilisés par les explorateurs, missionnaires et ethnographes d’Afrique pour désigner le fétiche, cet objet fait et utilisé pour établir un lien entre les vivants et les puissances invisibles, pour lutter contre le chaos, pour protéger du mal. …choses ligotées, assemblages, croûtes et enchevêtrements de cordes…

Recettes des dieux, esthétique du fétiche, at the Musée du quai Branly, Paris; via Le Divan Fumoir Bohémien.

girl reclining with a book

Girl reclining with a book

University of Washington Libraries

A watchmaker’s declaration.

What goes around, comes around:


Circular Bridge, Mt. Lowe Railway, 1901

Detroit Photographic Company’s Views Of North America, Ca. 1897-1924

via wood s lot


Written by Dave Lovely

March 11, 2009 at 9:11 am


  • My preferred interior decorating style is what I would style early American monastic, but the sheer volume of books that I keep around, along with my own ineptitude with spatial organization, prevent me from achieving the kind of sparseness that I like. I’m not sure I would quite substitute “early English monastic” here (too chilly, not to mention the lice) but I can certainly empathize with this. [Jerry Harp, at the KRBlog]
  • Harp refers, although strangely does not link, to a really excellent article by Anthony Grafton in the current New Yorker – Future Reading: Digitization and its discontents – which anyone interested in the future of books, libraries, and reading would do well to read.
  • wmmna visits the new Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam. Looks good – love those study carrelsand [via the Book Patrol] the librarians are kitted out in some pretty natty threads:

Written by Dave Lovely

November 3, 2007 at 4:25 pm

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