Friday, March 06, 2009

Visiting Libraries

I have already mentioned how much I like the smell of books, but I don't think I've written about the other senses involved in a visit to the library. There are some libraries that are just so stunning that it is hard to believe you are allowed to sit there and partake of the books, the building, and the atmosphere. I certainly would like to visit the libraries pictured here at some point.

4 comments:

Masood said...

I truly congratulate you on your upbeat and optimistic point of view to the world and libraries in specific. I used to be like that, but since I have turned thirty, I have changed. Unlike you, most of the time, when I pick a book in a library, I envision the face of the author, a diligent scholar with brilliant genius, that only a tiny fraction of one percent of the people in world would know about the fruit of their life. I see little justice in that when you see what is going on with a bunch of soap actors and they way the world is treating them. Yet, I assume what keeps scholar going on is that they take please in what they do, not what they gain after wards.

Masood said...

I truly congratulate you on your upbeat and optimistic point of view to the world and libraries in specific. I used to be like that, but since I have turned thirty, I have changed. Unlike you, most of the time, when I pick a book in a library, I envision the face of the author, a diligent scholar with brilliant genius, that only a tiny fraction of one percent of the people in world would know about the fruit of their life. I see little justice in that when you see what is going on with a bunch of soap actors and they way the world is treating them. Yet, I assume what keeps scholar going on is that they take please in what they do, not what they gain after wards.

levbor said...

I was similarly surprised when I was allowed to take home from a university library a book by Nietzsche printed in the 1880s. I was studying physics.

B.J. Epstein said...

Masood, I sometimes get upset when I see how so many people in the world care about, for example, actors and sports stars, and how such people get paid much more than writers or teachers. But I think writers and teachers and others like them work for rewards other than fame and fortune (though, sure, fame and fortune would be nice too).
It can be sad to go into a library and see how many books are sitting alone and neglected on shelves. But then I can pick up those books and read them and bring them back to life.
Best wishes,
BJ