The Project Gutenberg Project: Here, lying in the... →
Here, lying in the dark, with as yet no glimmer of the coming dawn, no faintest light to show where the closed curtains join, too indolent to rise and light the lamp, too sleepy to put one’s foot out of the well-warmed bed, praying fruitlessly for that sleep that will not come—it is at such moments as these that my mind lays hold of the novel now in hand, and works away at it with a vigour,...
The web won’t let the present become past.– Tweetage Wasteland : I’m Being Followed By My Life This is an interesting post on Facebook and other social networking sites and how you can no longer really escape the past anymore because you are still connected to it through the people you used to know — even if you’re not “friends” with...
Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of...– Stephen King (via bookshelves)
Featuring a book on your bookshelf is akin to displaying a trophy. You’ve...– The New Yorker’s The Book Bench on Bookshelf Porn (via bookshelfporn)
Swiss Army Librarian » Checklist Manifesto for the... →
In library near me, the Director did most of the reference work. When she announced her retirement, the staff was worried about having to do reference themselves, until a replacement was found. She emailed me saying she had just read The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande, and asked for my help in creating a “reference checklist” for her staff - hopefully, it would help them cover all the...
projectgutenberg: The Tetragrammaton, or Ineffable Word,—the Incommunicable Name,—is a symbol—for rightly-considered it is nothing more than a symbol—that has more than any other (except, perhaps, the symbols connected with sun-worship), pervaded the rites of antiquity. I know, indeed, of no system of ancient initiation in which it has not some prominent form and place. - Albert G. Mackey, The...
Mass. official aims to shame library porn viewers →
A city councilor in Massachusetts thinks he’s come up with a way to stop people looking at pornography on public library computers — name them and shame them. Quincy Councilor Daniel Raymondi has asked Mayor Thomas Koch to make public a list of people who have viewed pornography on library computers within the past year. The council unanimously approved a resolution on the idea last...
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island...– Walt Disney (via fuckyeahwalterdisney) (via fuckyeahreading)
Experts To Russia: Forget Spies; Read The... →
The curious thing about the Russian spy ring is not that they were operating outside of official channels, but that they were seeking information that was fairly open. “For they type of stuff they were after, I wouldn’t send a spy,” Lowenthal says. “If I want to know U.S. policy in Iran, I could read a newspaper.” (via LISNews) To quote the LISNews post I got this...