Thursday, November 6, 2008

wrapped up in books

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American philosopher and naturalist

What makes a book great, a so-called classic, is its quality of always being modern, of its author, though he be long dead, continuing to speak to each new generation.
Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001) American librarian, writer, literary critic

All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist and historian

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Czech writer

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1869-1762)English writer and early feminist

The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) New Zealand writer

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536) Dutch humanist and theologian

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
Anna Quindlen (b. 1952) American jouranlist and novelist

notes on photos:
1) outside new york public library. april 2008
2) bloomsday celebration and public reading of james joyce ulysses. cleveland june 2008
3) a clever construction wall, somewhere in london. 2002
4) thinking and missing ched, visible voice books. cleveland 2008
5) one of my favorite corners at loganberry books. cleveland 2008
6) a bookshelf at gem & her hon's house. cleveland 2008
7) shakespeare and company. I took this photo for mj who once had a poetry reading here while she was living in paris in the 1960s. 2005
8) a tired ms t (btw the book is by one of her and my favorites maurice sendak) summer 2008

scottish indie-rock group belle and sebastian singing wrapped up in books from their album "Dear Catastrophe Waitress" on Rough Trade Records


Dumdad said...

Books: our house is bulging with them! I'm an avid reader so it is a great joy to know that my two children also love books. Sometimes the only sound in my home is the turning of pages....

P.S. They both adore computers as well!

Megan said...

Mmmmwah! (That's a kiss I just blew at you.)

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

One of the great things about my neighborhood is that we have so many independent bookstores with cats snoozing in the sunny windows.

Wow, and I thought I had a lot of Dylan books. However, you need to pass on that second copy of volume 1 of the chronicles onto a worthy Friend of Bob.

I adore that photo at the top. My favorite bookends are replicas of the lions. (Books and felines again.) I also love that sexy, slightly scruffy boy reading with a certain swagger and his dangling...uh...keys. Maybe he's our next Dylan.

R.L. Bourges said...

awww, sweet, sweet post, kimy. My two favorite quotes are the Erasmus and the Quindlen. As for Shakespeare & Co. Well as for Shakespeare & Co. ..Well...excuse me, I was caught in a time warp.


Saretta said...

Books and cats...two of my very favorite things in the world! (And I agree that the young guy reading in the first photo is very cute!)

Nan said...

I so loved the photos and am glad you told where and what they were. I like so much the first one - I like seeing the young, esp. young men, reading. It used to be so common, and now it seems not to be that much. I loved the sleeping dearie. What a fun, fun time the Bloomsday reading. And who or what is ched?

Coffee Messiah said...

Nicely done and great photos.

I never knew sir bob had an encyclopedia but knew of the tarantula! ; )

Barbara said...

Great Books! Is Ms. T's book "Where the Wild Things Are"?

jenclair said...

I took photos of some of ridiculous stacks yesterday. :) Love this post!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Mmmmm... my kinda post - full of book pictures, book quotes, books, books, books. I once dreamed I was house hunting and came to a house where every wall was lined with books - I was so excited to have found it and knew I had to buy it!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dd - I love hearing about children being avid readers and loving books. it's the greatest gift parents can pass on that love. we're better now about using the library than we once were, but probably more because we have no more shelf space and no more room for new shelves!

megan - back at you!!! I love kisses!!

junk - those aren't my dylan books but at a book store!! but I do have two books about dylan in the home library - ironically neither shown in that picture! and a very early edition of tarantula

cats and books do go together so well, and I can never have enough of either - which alas has kept me from having a dog live at the house 24/7

rlb - I believe you have a story regarding shakespeare and co that needs to be shared. pray tell! bises....

saretta - I think junk claimed the young man first ;) do they have bookstore cats in italy??

nan - ched is a fellow blogger who is on a break that has been going on way too long - at least for those that read and enjoy tangled up in l'heure bleue

coffee - thanks it's fun to play matching quotes and photo for theme day

barbara - that book isn't where the wild things are - I think the book ms t is holding is only illustrated by sendak - it's a library book and the title escapes me. anyone know???

jen - will have to pop over and see the photos (that is if you've posted them!)

av - my kind of dream house!!! we do have books in every room!!! though we're not so far gone that every wall is lined with books - for then where does one hang pictures and paintings!

Saretta said...

No, no bookstore cats around here...pity! But, there's a lovely cat on yesterday's post on my Molfetta Daily Photo blog!

d. chedwick said...

Lovely lovely post! A readaholic's dream post.

I'm lucky to have four little bookstores in my village. and three more a quick drive down the road . I'm currently reading Zola. I just finished a volume of "best" Russian short stories and a few biogs and memoirs, some Wodehouse and more. It's been a very quiet reading relaxing meditating few weeks.

I'm waiting for Vol 2. of Bob's chronicles.

Reya Mellicker said...

I love books, probably not as much as Ched or you, but I do love them. I'm reading a great one right now about the neurology of consciousness. Fantastic!

What are you reading right now?

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Thank you! Sorry for being silent of late. My bearings are lost! I will find you soon. xo