by Brad Nelson 3/25/15
…just send me to a library like this one in Trinity College, Dublin:
I ran across this picture by random. I don’t offhand remember what Google rabbit-hunt I was on. But I found this page: The Most Spectacular Libraries Around the World.
Apologies for the atrocious Seattle Public Library, at least the modern architecture. On the plus side, it looks like something out of Logan’s Run. Go to the next frame and you’ll see it’s even uglier and more oppressive on the inside. Only Progressives could view this Orwellian sterile environment as inviting.
But by the fourth frame, you’ll have come to this photo (above) of the Trinity College Old Library in Dublin. It makes me think of the library in the movie, The Name of the Rose.
Perhaps some people revere golf courses as I do libraries. And that’s fine. Golf courses (although a vexing game itself) are often works of art. They are gardens in which you chase a little white ball around. And the only thing that would make the ideal Divine library complete would be a three or four acre garden adjoining it. Virgins would still be optional.
Libraries are, of course, eminently useful. But they are also symbols of man’s self-conscious attempt to fit into his special place in the universe. Libraries are the opposite of discos or prime time television.
There was a time when man was viewed as something special. Now the monuments we build to him are suitably the materialist-oriented shopping malls where, although there is much art in the products on display, the main theme is consumption, not creating and preserving magnificent things.
So let’s hear it for the humble library…which is not always so humble as we pictured here.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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