Critical Linking: April 18, 2012

 

The project would convert the main library, now strictly a reference operation, into a hybrid that would also contain a circulating library, many computer terminals and possibly a cafe. The Mid-Manhattan branch and the Science, Industry and Business Library would be sold and their operations folded into the main building. To accommodate the new services, up to half of the three million volumes in the stacks under the main reading room would be moved into storage in New Jersey.

Critics are calling it a “glorified Starbucks.” But, heck “a glorified Strabucks” sounds pretty cool.

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“But 55 East Fifty-second’s marble lobby, inside the triangle-shaped office building with a Gotham-style green-glass facade, conceals an equitably valuable treasure in the world’s only standing bookstore dedicated to the works of England’s former prime minister, Winston Churchill—Chartwell Booksellers.”

Whoa. Who else should get a bookstore devoted to them? Lincoln? Shakespeare? Batman? Austen?

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The cover “functions as an emotional visual touchstone,” Goldberg says. “It’s still something that we will always visualize in our heads as what that book looked like. It definitely becomes part of the experience.”

In my transition to ebooks, I have realized how much a book’s cover helped my memory of it. Need to figure this one out, stat.

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Jumping ahead a few hundred years, Henry Miller echoes Lear when, in his autobiographical novel “Tropic of Cancer,” he wanders in Dijon, France, reflecting upon his fate.

I like when a post about writing style throws in a little dangling modifier. This image of Henry Miller leaping across the centuries.

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