Seven years ago, a stolen first edition of Borges’s early poems was returned to Argentina’s National Library. But was it the right copy?
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|The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963|
'Then I tackled the avocado and crabmeat salad...Every Sunday my grandfather
used to bring me an avocado pear hidden at the
bottom of his briefcase under six soiled shirts and the Sunday comic.'
|A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, 1980|
'Stopping before the narrow garage, he sniffed the fumes from Paradise with
great sensory pleasure, the protruding hairs in his nostrils analyzing,
cataloging, categorizing, and classifying the distinct
odors of the hot dog, mustard, and lubricant.'
|The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925|
'On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams
crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys
bewitched to a dark gold.'
|The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 1915|
'There were old, half-rotten vegetables; bones from the evening meal,
covered in white sauce that had gone hard; a few raisins and almonds;
some cheese that Gregor had declared inedible two days before;
a dry roll and some bread spread with butter and salt….'
Love is just an advertisement…
—Mad Men (season 1)More: Powell's Books
It's a madmadmadmad world.
Everything can be manufactured, sold and bought, but love,
love is the mold. You sure could have a lot of fun with this.
In the material world, objects are marked up from face value.
The confusion of client services is merely based on articles,
like he and she. You can find anything on the internet:
even beauty. Advertising is based on happiness.
|Sue Townsend in 2000. Photograph: Rob Judges/Rex|
How many book lovers among the young has the Internet produced? Far fewer, I suspect, than the millions libraries have turned out over the last hundred years. Their slow disappearance is a tragedy, not just for those impoverished towns and cities, but for everyone everywhere terrified at the thought of a country without libraries -A Country Without Libraries, by Charles SimicPhotographer Robert Dawson has photographed hundreds of libraries in 48 states. Here are a few from The Public Library: A Photographic Essay:
|Destroyed Mark Twain Branch Library, Detroit, Michigan, 2011|
|Library built by ex-slaves, Allensworth, California, 1995|
|Miss Cass Lake winners, Cass Lake Community Library, |
Cass Lake, Minnesota, 2012