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The Shape of the Book

Some visually piquant photographs of imaginary libraries from Jean François Rauzier. They’re an interesting combination of the architectural impossibilities of Piranesi mixed with the large scales of iterative forms of Andreas Gursky. Above all, there is a bookish logic at work here with the conjunction of the perspectivally flat with …

Sustainable Publishing

This is my new watchword for the open access debate as it concerns academic publishing. A new spot on “On the Media” addresses the outrageous costs of academic journals, largely in the sciences. The comments by the representative for Elsevier are disturbingly demonic, not to mention insulting to people who …

Libraries and the Digital Divide

A really thoughtful piece at The Desk Set about what it means to be a librarian today. The author addresses the myth of the universality of digital literacy, just how much time she spends teaching people how to use computers. This results in a lot of inner personal conflict for …

Books, Things, and Piles

An exquisite exhibit by Laurie Rubin at Afterimage on images of her books. When Rubin discusses her collecting habits she remarks that what matters to her is often the fact that her books belonged to other people. “My collection,” she writes, includes other people’s diaries, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, and photo albums. …