Library: An Unquiet History had such great potential. The collective histories of books, intellectual freedom, and censorship are testaments to man's triumphs and faults. Unfortunately, this history is told by Matthew Battles, who could possibly be the most pretentious man alive
Library: An Unquiet History had such great potential. Unfortunately, this history is told by Matthew Battles, who could possibly be the most pretentious man alive. Instead of telling the story, Battles piles fact onto fact and strings them together in a loose narrative that never becomes remotely cogent. It comes across as Battles standing on a dais, thumbing his nose, and singing, Library: An Unquiet History had such great potential.
The Vatican Library built by Pope Nicholas V set the standard during the Renaissance, and the one built by the Jews in the Vilna ghetto during WWII showed the importance of books to a community under siege.
Library: An Unquiet History kicks off by quoting a passage by Thomas Wolfe from Of Time and The River in which a. .This book briefly follows the history of the library from Mesopotamia through today.
Library: An Unquiet History kicks off by quoting a passage by Thomas Wolfe from Of Time and The River in which a man who works in a large library is beset by book panic, realizing that no matter how fast he reads he will never be able to read all the books in the library. Its focus is predominantly but not exclusively Western – for instance, there are discussions of collections in China, The Aztec Empire, and Tibet. It talks about huge libraries and tiny libraries, the forebears of today’s Little Free Library.
Library: an unquiet history.
Matthew Battles, a rare books librarian and a gifted narrator, takes us on a spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age. He explores how libraries are built and how they are destroyed, from the decay of the great Alexandrian library to scroll burnings in ancient China to the destruction of Aztec books by the Spanish-and in our own time, the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia.
Library: an Unquiet History by Matthew Battles. Presentation by Madison Gailus and Emily Fardoux. Battles will examine points of transformation, those moments where readers, authors and librarians question the meaning of the library itself. The word book derives from the medieval AngloSaxon word boc, meaning beech. An early archetype of the book was the waxed tablet, often made from beech wood. 21) Venn Diagram Discussion Question: What meaning(s) does a library hold in your view, both personally and professionally? Giuseppe Arcimboldo, The Librarian, ca.
An Unquiet History That Needs To Be Heard. Matthew Battles packs a lot of intellectual history between these slim covers. As he notes in his introduction, a comprehensive history of libraries could fill volumes. com User, October 4, 2003. Although the purposes and processes change, libraries rise and libraries fall and Matthew Battles has given us a short, engaging, and illustrative history of libraries in Library: An Unquiet History. He does provide, however, a survey of the key points in their evolution.
Matthew Battles (b. 1968) is a writer, artist, and associate director of metaLAB at Harvard University. He has written for The Atlantic, NeimanLab, Harper's Magazine and the New York Times
Matthew Battles (b. He has written for The Atlantic, NeimanLab, Harper's Magazine and the New York Times. Battles is the author or co-author of six books, most of which are on the topics of writing or libraries. He was named a Library Jounral Mover and Shaker in 2004. He has been called "a gifted stylist" by the Christian Science Monitor which commended his "beautiful writing about writing.
A book to be savored and gone back t. -Baltimore Sun. On the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet. Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge.
Library: An Unquiet History taught me some specific things about library history and helped me gain a greater .
Library: An Unquiet History taught me some specific things about library history and helped me gain a greater insight on how the missions of libraries have changed over the centuries. As always, it is inspiring to read how people fought for libraries, which served as bastions of culture. Lovers of history who want to go beyond the Matthew Battles book above should try Libraries in the Ancient World by Lionel Casson, Libraries and the Enlightenment by Wayne Bivens-Tatum, and Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library by Wayne Wiegand.
Author: Matthew Battles
Category: Literature and Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1 edition (2003)
Pages: 245 pages
ePUB size: 1427 kb
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