Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Ideal and the Infernal City

Princeton University Press has published a beautiful edition of Italo Calvino’s letters, and our copy has arrived at Central Library. Calvino was a cosmopolitan figure: in addition to his work as a writer, he was an editor at the publishing … Continue reading

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An Almost Perfect Page

Even for the cynical, distracted 21st century reader, there are some passages of written prose that have the power to simply take your breath away. I find one such passage on page 134 of Tom Drury’s novel The End of … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Barbara Olwig: “My First Library Card”

At a moment when the future of the 42nd St public library in New York is being hotly debated, and more than a dozen libraries in Miami slated to close, it seems to be a good time to meditate on … Continue reading

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