Found Reena’s 2012 Luna in Tuna at a ‘Pop Up’ Zine Library in LA! #threeamigospress (at The Echo Chamber)
Today was my last day at the library where I’ve been taking these pictures. I have hundreds more, so I’ll keep posting, but I don’t work there any more. I’m moving on to a different job—a big, adult job with high heels and “the fiscal year 2014” and a printer/copier that everyone is mad at.
It’s a good thing, really, but I will say this: disappearing into the shelves was the closest thing I had to church. Taking pictures was the closest thing I had to testifying.
I will really, really miss it.
Norwich pattern books
These happy-looking books from the 18th century contain records. Not your regular historical records - who had died or was born, or how much was spent on bread and beer - but a record of cloth patterns available for purchase by customers. They survive from cloth producers in Norwich, England, and they are truly one of a kind: a showcase of cloth slips with handwritten numbers next to them for easy reference. The two lower images are from a pattern book of the Norwich cloth manufacturer John Kelly, who had such copies shipped to overseas customers in the 1760s. Hundreds of these beautiful objects must have circulated in 18th-century Europe, but they were almost all destroyed. The ones that do survive paint a colourful picture of a trade that made John and his colleagues very rich.
So many good exchanges in here:
Guernica: Do you feel like that kind of intellectual inquiry is missing from today’s education system?
Grace Lee Boggs: Well, I think that education today is a form of child abuse. The natural tendency of children is to solve problems, but we try to indoctrinate them with facts, which they are supposed to feed back, and then we fail them. And that’s child abuse. And you should never raise children that way. You should cultivate and encourage their natural tendencies to create solutions to the problems around them. We have a school in Detroit that’s founded on that idea—the Boggs school. They have wonderful teachers who create solutionaries.
NeXT Computer Brochure, c1989.
Imagine a library where you could find every occurrence of a given word without turning a single page. Where a thought in one book leads directly to a related thought in another. Where every book could be turned inside out, so its information appears in whatever order it’s needed. […]
A personalized Digital Library is an immensely powerful tool. Yet, thanks to the Digital Librarian, the process of creating one is accessible to everyone.
On Virginia Woolf’s conception of privacy: “Many people accept the idea that each of us has a certain resolute innerness … What interested Woolf was the way that we become aware of that innerness. We come to know it best, she thought, when we’re forced, at moments of exposure, to shield it against the outside world.”
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Frontispiece photographed through tissue.
From the front matter of Mighty Mikko: A Book of Finnish Fairy Tales and Folk Tales by Parker Fillmore (1922). Original from Harvard University. Digitized March 7, 2008.
I work in a library on an Army post, where we recently unearthed this old paper patron record from decades ago.