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Of Interest – Bomb: The Author Interviews, New Azar Nafisi, A Muse & A Maze, Literary Lives in Focus and Robbins reads Bradbury November 17, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews, Photography

Bomb: The Author Interviews. Edited by Betsy Sussler. Introduction by Francine Prose. Soho Press, November 2014. Since 1981 BOMB has been publishing conversations between artists. Collected here are the best from the literary world. These are not your run of the mill author interviews featuring a journalist throwing canned questions at a writer, these are conversations between writers and delve into the essence  of creativity. Pairings include Martin Amis and Patrick McGrath Roberto Bolano and Carmen Boullosa, Junot…

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The Constructed Library of Danae Falliers November 16, 2014 – Posted in: Art, Books and Art, Content, Photography

 library58(digitalliteracy) It started innocently enough. While visiting the Rem Koolhaas-designed, Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library Danae Fallier began snapping photos of the iconic building and the books.  When looking at the photographs she took that day she noticed that the text on the book spines had blurred and were no longer visible.  It was then that her library series was born. The almost natural abstraction that appeared in those Seattle photographs motivated her to…

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A visual tour of Halloween in America during the first half of the 20th century October 28, 2014 – Posted in: Content, In the Stacks, Photography, Special Collections

Children dressed up in costumes for Halloween. from the Daily Reflector (Greenville, N.C.), 1950’s What better way to wrap up  American Archives month then with a Halloween stroll through the Digital Public Library of America. From turn of the century Hallow’een postcards through photos from the 1950’s we get a taste of Halloween in America during the first half of the 20th century. From the small town to the segregated South to the Japanese American internment camps of WWII Halloween…

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Nicolas Grospierre’s Infinite Library October 22, 2014 – Posted in: Art, Books and Art, Content, Installation, Photography

The Never-Ending Corridor of Books  The Never-Ending Corridor of Books and the Never-Ending Wall of Books are two components of The Library project by Nicolas Grospierre. Both are installations comprised of photographs placed in light boxes and shown in mirrors to create the illusion of endlessness. The Library project is not the representation of a specific library, but rather an attempt at representing the very essence of the idea of a library. It is loosely inspired by Jorge…

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In the Stacks of the Smithsonian Institution Archives October 3, 2014 – Posted in: Content, In the Stacks, Libraries, Photography

Book Tower comprised of Smithsonian Publications at the Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian, February 11, 1927. For this installment of the In the Stacks we visit The Smithsonian Institution Archives for some bookish love. The SI archives are a repository that:  captures, preserves, and makes available to the public the history of this extraordinary Institution. From its inception in 1846 to the present, the records of the history of the Institution—its people, its programs, its research,…

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