Sergey Stefanovich’s “The Library” takes viewers on a journey through Duncan Fallowell’s library “which has spilled over into every available space and become an art installation in its own right.”
By using unwanted books discarded from public libraries, Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus creates intimate public spaces that encourage reading. Their most recent installation in Melbourne aimed to take control of the public space “in which the traffic withdrew, yielding ground to the modest power of the written word.” The dimly lit books began overflowing in the streets, stealing space amongst the dense traffic. On the closing night of the installation, the books were offered up to the visiting pedestrians, each allowed to choose their favorite books out of the thousands presented to them.
This is so cool.
I’m not interested in some kind of David Foster Wallace myth-creation, some kind of canonization. We’ve arrived at that moment where now everyone has to weigh in and have their say over what type of person this writer was, how he treated others, what we can deduce about his psychology and how that can unlock his writing. Everyone’s running around with a new revealing fact. The way the cult of personality has taken over much of the discussion of Wallace’s work is something I find deeply aggravating. So if you’re waiting for me to construct a narrative for the ten years in which this archive was compiled or to explain something new about this person I never met based on the things he wrote down, well, I’m not going to. I don’t want to tell you any story about any person I never knew. I want to tell you the story of how I got to dive down deep into a mess of papers and how I came up laughing or crying or unable to speak. I want to tell you about connectivity.
“The science fiction of the 1960s, with its narrative-busting experimentations is seen as being more daringly au courant and thus worthier of critical attention. Somewhere between the spacesuited squares like E.E. Doc Smith and countercultural innovators like Harlan Ellison, though, lies a golden seam that contains some of the century’s most thoughtful, jazzy, and dazzling literature.”
With Alice Northover’s list of academic presses and libraries on Pinterest, you can make your board look like this in no time.
If you think José Andrés’ food is cool, you should check out his library. He has one of Honoré Julien’s notebooks which, according to Andres, proves French fries were brought to America in the early 1800s.
The government is facing anger from authors shocked to discover that they are not entitled to royalties for books borrowed from libraries run by “big society”- inspired volunteers.
Such libraries are mushrooming as community groups are forced to step in to save their local libraries from closing as a result of spending cuts.
The Society of Authors (SoA) warns that authors may take legal action against the government over copyright infringement on loaned books.