EppsNet Archive: Libraries

Voltaire and Me

22 May 2017 /

According to LibraryThing, Voltaire’s library and my library have three books in common, even though Voltaire died almost 200 years before I was born.

The three books are:

I also have in my library one book — Candide — written by Voltaire.

Shut Not Your Doors to Me Proud Libraries

7 Feb 2016 /
Walt Whitman

Steel engraving of Walt Whitman. Published in 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass

Shut not your doors to me, proud libraries,
For that which was lacking among you all, yet needed most, I bring;
A book I have made for your dear sake, O soldiers,
And for you, O soul of man, and you, love of comrades;
The words of my book nothing, the life of it everything;
A book separate, not link’d with the rest, nor felt by the intellect;
But you will feel every word, O Libertad! arm’d Libertad!
It shall pass by the intellect to swim the sea, the air,
With joy with you, O soul of man.

— Walt Whitman, “Shut Not Your Doors to Me Proud Libraries”

Nobody Reads Books Anymore

11 Oct 2014 /

Me and Mark Twain

Books, Writers, Bookstores, Libraries

27 Jul 2014 /

The Most Spectacular Libraries in the World

26 Oct 2013 /

Via The Telegraph:

Biblioteca Joanina

Architectural Digest also had a library slideshow — not as spectacular because unlike the Telegraph slideshow, these libraries are in people’s homes — but a couple of great ones nonetheless.


The Lightning-Bug and the Lightning

20 Apr 2013 /
Mark Twain

This picture was taken just after I said to Mark Twain, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it’s the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.”

And Twain said, “That’s a good one! I’ve got to write that down!”

Actually, the Twain statue is just inside the main entrance of Doe Library at UC Berkeley. I asked the nerdy-looking Asian girl at the front desk, “Who’s the guy on the bench?” She stared at me for a second. “Kidding,” I said.

“At first, I thought it was Albert Einstein,” she said, “so it doesn’t surprise me when people don’t know.”

Twitter: 2009-08-21

21 Aug 2009 /
  • Want to buy a customized Michael Vick Eagles jersey for your dog? http://tinyurl.com/la3o36 #
  • Obama: "We are God's partners in matters of life and death." Good mission statement for the death panels! #
  • RT @diablocody: Obsolete memory: pushing card catalog drawers in and out at the library. Also, the tangy smell of the old cards. #


19 Mar 2004 /

DAD: What are you reading?

10-YEAR-OLD: It’s a book I rented from the library.

DAD: You don’t rent books from the library, you check them out.

10-YEAR-OLD: Whatever.

First Library Card Discovered

8 Jun 2003 /
First library card

Something I found around the house this weekend: my son’s first library card. It’s four or five years old now, it’s expired, but I still remember how proud I was when he got it. It’s hard to say why . . . I knew he could read a little bit, write his name — not very well, but still . . .

I think at the time I was feeling that, for better or worse, he wasn’t a baby anymore, and here was the proof . . .

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Crazy Eddie’s Movie Reviews

12 Dec 2001 /

Entertainment for mental patients

I was a student at Cal State Fullerton in 1976 when Ed Allaway went berserk, shooting nine of his co-workers in the university library, killing seven.

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