“It hardly matters why a library is destroyed: every banning, curtailment, shredding, plunder or loot gives rise (at least as a ghostly presence) to a louder, clearer, more durable library of the banned, looted, plundered, shredded or curtailed.”—Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

“It hardly matters why a library is destroyed: every banning, curtailment, shredding, plunder or loot gives rise (at least as a ghostly presence) to a louder, clearer, more durable library of the banned, looted, plundered, shredded or curtailed.”—Alberto ManguelThe Library at Night

entropy-everywhere:

Bookstores of Victoria, British Columbia II

Part I

Must. Visit. All.

Had to post - too funny!

Had to post - too funny!

Books Matter. That’s all I have to say.
TBV
laclefdescoeurs:

The hill of Montmartre with stone quarry, 1886, Vincent van Gogh

laclefdescoeurs:

The hill of Montmartre with stone quarry, 1886, Vincent van Gogh

If you love what you do, then you are very close to being a perfectly happy man. If it can pay the bills, even better.
I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
George Borrow (via thebooker)
millionsmillions:

Does a writer need a devoted spouse to be prolific? At The Atlantic, Koa Beck examines the concept of having a do-it-all partner like Vera Nabokov and if this traditional gender role only harms female writers. Koa interviews various writers, from Emma Straub to Ayelet Waldman, on how their literary partnerships work. “I’d fantasized that being his Vera was a way for me to deal with being stuck as a stay-at-home mom—I’d subsume my own ambitions into something ‘greater!’ But that lasted about 48 hours,” Waldman said.

millionsmillions:

Does a writer need a devoted spouse to be prolific? At The Atlantic, Koa Beck examines the concept of having a do-it-all partner like Vera Nabokov and if this traditional gender role only harms female writers. Koa interviews various writers, from Emma Straub to Ayelet Waldman, on how their literary partnerships work. “I’d fantasized that being his Vera was a way for me to deal with being stuck as a stay-at-home mom—I’d subsume my own ambitions into something ‘greater!’ But that lasted about 48 hours,” Waldman said.


Photo by Mirjam Delrue

Let your mind escape to many worlds.

Photo by Mirjam Delrue

Let your mind escape to many worlds.

What interests me about novelists as a species is the obsessiveness of the activity, the fact that novelists have to go on writing. I think that probably must come from a sense of the irrecoverable. In every novelist’s life there is some more acute sense of loss than with other people, and I suppose I must have felt that. I didn’t realize it, I suppose, till the last ten or fifteen years. In fact you have to write novels to begin to understand this. There’s a kind of backwardness in the novel…an attempt to get back to a lost world.
John Fowles (via booklover)
Writer’s block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.
Steve Martin
ala-con:

This Rainbow Library Brings Fun Back to Reading

This rainbow library gives kids a fun place to read, learn and have fun. Architect and designer Arthur Casas designed the interior of the bookstore, which has an almost mystifying mystique to it. Libraries and the entire book industry is waning. It’s simply more difficult to compete with TV and electronics than it ever has been before. Considering kids won’t often come to books on their own, excellent design and a promise of fun is usually the defining factor. This library is a literal reading rainbow with a multi-colored rainbow road housing the books. The shelves are also curved, adding a different dynamic to the standard row-on-row library. Bringing the magic back to reading is the key, and this library does its best to do just that

ala-con:

This Rainbow Library Brings Fun Back to Reading

This rainbow library gives kids a fun place to read, learn and have fun. Architect and designer Arthur Casas designed the interior of the bookstore, which has an almost mystifying mystique to it. 

Libraries and the entire book industry is waning. It’s simply more difficult to compete with TV and electronics than it ever has been before. Considering kids won’t often come to books on their own, excellent design and a promise of fun is usually the defining factor. 

This library is a literal reading rainbow with a multi-colored rainbow road housing the books. The shelves are also curved, adding a different dynamic to the standard row-on-row library. Bringing the magic back to reading is the key, and this library does its best to do just that

Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.
Flannery O’Connor; Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
Chillin’ at Shakespeare and Co. bookshop

Chillin’ at Shakespeare and Co. bookshop