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
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.
Daguerreotype of the poet Emily Dickinson, taken circa 1848.
SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW, The New York Times, DEC. 2, 2014
By DANA STEVENS and FRANCINE PROSE
Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Dana Stevens and Francine Prose discuss what they consider the most worthwhile literary letters.
Should the printed book soon become a relic of a bygone era in publishing, uncertainty as to modes of sharing knowledge and experience will remain. Neither will we know, according to Manuel Arias Maldonado, whether to mourn the loss of the well known or of the valuable.
Claude Monet (The Reader) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Go out to your local bookshop, advises Enda O’Doherty, and get in close with those Books You Haven’t Read, the Books To Read Next Summer and The Books To Fill Out Those Small Gaps That Are Still There On Your Shelves. Don’t come away empty-handed. They may not be there forever.
Women paintings by An He
“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries”.