A look at the last chained libraries
Reading in Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries
In the Middle Ages, books were incredibly scarce, and although many wanted to share knowledge with the masses, they didn’t quite trust the public. So the chained library was born, and while most of these restrained reading collections have vanished, a rare few still exist, looking much as they did centuries ago.
That’s one way to avoid dealing with library theft/late fees…
Sometimes the old ones are the best
The Gothic Rocket
Hill and Adamson shot of The Scott Monument under construction in 1843. You can see how it got it’s nickname “The Gothic Rocket”
Etchings for Jorge Luis Borges Library of Babel
I went for a Sunday afternoon pint today and it put me in mind of this little essay. The place I was in doesn’t quite have all (or even most) of the qualities Orwell outlines for the ideal pub, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.