Since it’s the weekend, why not look at some gorgeous pictures of places around the world for bibliophiles to visit?
Junot Diaz (The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao) spoke to a packed crowd of booksellers and other literary business folk at this year’s Winter Institute in Memphis. The Dominican-born Diaz, whose latest book Islandborn will be out this March, talked about the importance of books to an immigrant like him:
… [arriving] in the United States completely illiterate, if it hadn’t been for the kindness of librarians,” he probably wouldn’t have found books. But he did. “Books became my shelter against the white world that sometimes felt like it was trying to destroy me.”
He stressed the need for book curators to help “decolonize the shelves”:
Bookstore owners and librarians are on the front line. It’s the smallest intervention that can sometimes create the most important, lasting change … I wrote my children’s book, Islandborn, because I believe there are things immigrants can teach that we all need to hear without which we will never understand this stolen land we inhabit.
- There might be a large “Planet 9” at the outer edge of the solar system.
This is how you get murdered in today’s Philippines.
National Museum of the American Indian and other awesome buildings never built.
Modern creepy clown hysteria got started in Brookline, Mass. back in 1981.
Gauntlet thrown by conservative woman: “Some Trojan horse nationalist sexual predator invades the@GOP, eating it alive, and you cowards sit this one out.”
A portrait of a descent into madness.
- The women who want to repeal the 19th Amendment.
- Oh mutts, De Niro, Trump, and face-punching.
- Ken Burns on “the greatest threat to American democracy since the Second World War.“
Evangelical flagship Christianity Today: “[Trump] is, in short, the very embodiment of what the Bible calls a fool.“
- The point at which whining can become dangerous for democracy.
- George Will: “[Trump] can simplify the GOP’s quadrennial exercise of writing its post-campaign autopsy, which this year can be published Nov. 9 in one sentence: ‘Perhaps it is imprudent to nominate a venomous charlatan.‘”
Unshelved, the library comic!
- Print and read: “I’m the last thing standing between you and the Apocalypse.“
Even in our brave new online world, libraries are still one of the best repositories for research and reading. Yes, most things can be gotten online, but there are times when the physical proximity of materials provides new insights that strictly electronic pursuits do not.
They are also simply great places to read. The good folks at Read It Forward have presented here nine of the greatest and grandest library reading rooms from around the world. Some are beautiful enough that it’s hard to imagine not being too distracted to even turn the page.