View of the The Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
During the last few months I’ve seen libraries and librarians featured on the media highlighting the wonders of what they’ve done. One article described how a recent graduate librarian from New Jersey had become part of a reality show, The Ultimate Road Trip. Good for him, the high power bless his soul and all that. I am not a fan of reality TV but at least this show was about outdoor experiences and not about blabbing in front of a camera describing cat fights and whatnot. I’d bring this librarian to talk to Queens’ teens.
Another article was about how a research librarian from Manhattan ‘sat for 29 hours watching sports on television to take in a prize package worth $5000.’ Whoa! ESPN Zone Ultimate Couch Potato Competition. I am not a fan of this type of contest that does nothing to promote creativity, healthy habits or reading (to mention a few things). But again, if someone can endure 29 hours without a bathroom brake and eating spicy chicken wings- more power to him/her. What about a read-a-thon contest? Any mega company out there willing to sponsor and offer $5,000 for such a contest? Email me right away.
‘offering a peek at its secret archive of erotic art, putting on display more than 350 sexually explicit literary works, manuscripts, engravings, lithographs, photographs, film clips, even calling cards and cardboard pop-ups.’
‘The items are drawn from a permanent collection created in the 1830s when the library isolated works considered “contrary to good morals.” They were put in a locked section with its own card catalog and given the name L’Enfer — hell. Many pieces have been consigned there over the years by the police for safeguarding, perhaps, and posterity.’
This sounds too interesting to miss. The exhibition runs through March 22 – I have a meeting in Paris at the end of February and have included this exhibition on my little to-do list.
Thanks for the sticker. It is on the cover of my computer.