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Like a Car Wash for Books: How Libraries Clean Reading Materials

As much as I like to imagine that library books remain perfectly clean, the reality is a little different. Sometimes books get gunky. Oil from people’s skin rubs off onto them. Someone spills a cup of coffee on a book cover. A child drops her novel in the garden. In cases like these, libraries have… Continue reading Like a Car Wash for Books: How Libraries Clean Reading Materials

Poetry

Poetry and Regret: Louise Glück’s ‘Myth of Innocence’

In honor of Louise Glück’s birthday (April 22), I want to share one of my favorite poems of her’s: “The Myth of Innocence”. This poem comes from Averno, a collection of Glück’s works based on the idea of “Avernus”, the place that the ancient Romans believed held the entrance to the underworld. In addition to the video above,… Continue reading Poetry and Regret: Louise Glück’s ‘Myth of Innocence’

Quotes

Friday Quick Quote: ‘The Hour of the Star’

“She wasn’t crying because of the life she led: because, never having led any other, she’d accepted that with her that was just the way things were. But I also think she was crying because, through the music, she might have guessed there were other ways of feeling.” ― Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: ‘The Hour of the Star’

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Happy Fox Day! Here Are Some Books to Help You Celebrate

  Fox Day is finally here! “You may not know it, but there is one day every spring that is known as Fox Day. And I think we should all celebrate it. Fox Day began in 1934 when Rollins College acquired two statues. One was of a cat, and the other was a fox. Cat and… Continue reading Happy Fox Day! Here Are Some Books to Help You Celebrate

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Art, Freedom, and Seeing 100,000 Banned Books

To many, the Parthenon of Ancient Greece represents ideals of democracy and thought. This year an artist is attempting to use 100,000 banned and censored books to create a new Parthenon. Artist Marta Minujín is currently constructing The Parthenon of Books as a symbol of resistance. This isn’t the first time that she has used books in such… Continue reading Art, Freedom, and Seeing 100,000 Banned Books

Poetry

Poetry Sunday: Reina Maria Rodriguez’s ‘First Time’

i brushed the shells with my fingertips, they were smooth and delicate, but obviously artificial, made to be used once and thrown away. at first touch they might seem real, pearly, perfect, but they’re actually plastic, and they’ve never even seen any sea. So ends Reina Maria Rodriguez’s poem “First Time” (in the video above and… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Reina Maria Rodriguez’s ‘First Time’