In this season of giving, we asked some notably avid readers — who also happen to be poets, musicians, diplomats, filmmakers, novelists, actors and artists — to share the books that accompanied them through 2016.
DEC. 19, 2016
Warrior king: A funerary mask from the shaft graves at Mycenae, circa 16th century B.C.Credit Universal History Archive/Getty Images
By BRYAN DOERRIESDEC. 26, 12, 2014, The New York Times, SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW
“Homer has become a kind of scripture for me, an ancient book, full of urgent imperatives and ancient meanings, most of them half discerned, to be puzzled over. It is a source of wisdom.” So begins the third chapter of Adam Nicolson’s highly accessible new book, “Why Homer Matters,” in which he compares his relationship with epic poetry to a form of possession, a “colonization of the mind by an imaginative presence from the past.” The world needs more Adam Nicolsons, unabashedly passionate evangelists for the power of ancient poetry to connect us with our collective past, illuminate our personal struggles and interrogate our understanding of human history.
18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime
Jan. 1, 2015, If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.
To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we’ve complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.
From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a sundial, these are the libraries that all book lovers should visit in their lifetime.
The Girl Who Loved Books painting by Ken Hamilton
By JOSHUA COHENAUG. 17, 2015
The British Library Puts Over 1,000,000 Images in the Public Domain: A Deeper Dive Into the Collection
Every year for the past decade or so, we‘ve seen new, dire pronouncements of the death of print, along with new, upbeat rejoinders. This year is no different, though the prognosis has seemed especially positive of late in robust appraisals of the situation from entities as divergent as The Onion’s A.V. Club and financial giantDeloitte. I, for one, find this encouraging. And yet, even if all printed media were in decline, it would still be the case that the history of the modern world will mostly be told in the history of print. And ironically, it is online media that has most enabled the means to make that history available to everyone, in digital archives that won’t age or burn down.
History of Bookmarks
The history of bookmarks is intimately connected with the development of the
book itself. Though the earliest bookmarks date from the medieaval ages, it is obvious
that even in ancient times – when papyrus scrolls were the reading matter of choice –
bookmarks must have been used to mark a reader’s place on the scrolls that could be
40 meters or more in length. Some of the oldest bookmarks were found in medieval
monastries and among them are clip-on type bookmarks made of vellum. Therefore it
is easy to imagine that this type was also used to mark place on the papyrus scrolls in
Set up to bring greater attention to contemporary poetry, the Forward prize celebrated its 20th anniversary this week. Fellow poets and writers pay tribute to those who have won the Best Collection