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LIBRARY SHELF: White

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Dyer, Richard White (1997) FIRST LINE: “White people are not literally or symbolically white, yet they are called white.” LAST LINE: “The combination of extreme whiteness with plain, unwhite whiteness means that white people can both lay claim to the … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: On the Museum’s Ruins

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Crimp, Douglas (1944-2019) On the Museum’s Ruins (1993) FIRST LINE: “From the parochial perspective of the late-1970s art world, photography appeared as a watershed.” (From “The Postmodern Museum) “Knowing full well that postmodern architecture is loaded with historical gimmicks, sly … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Image on the Edge

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Camille, Micheal; Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art (1992) ICI Shelf: Books about books First Line: “I could begin, like St Bernard, by asking what do they all mean, those lascivious apes, autophagic dragons, pot-bellied heads, harp-playing … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Baron Munchausen’s Travels

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Raspe, Rudolf Erich; Baron Munchausen’s Travels: The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1907) ICI Shelf: Trotter First Line: “Why is it that scamps and scoundrels are so often clever and generally interesting, whilst the average human being is … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: In the Company of Educated Women

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Solomon, Barbara Miller; In the Company of Educated Women: a history of women and higher education in America (1985) ICI Shelf: Trotter First Line: “Education, over the last two hundred years, has profoundly changed the contours of women’s lives in … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Coming of the Fairies

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Dyle, Arthur Conan; The Coming of the Fairies (ca.1922) FIRST LINE: “The series of incidents set forth in this little volume represent either the most elaborate and ingenious hoax every played upon the public, or else they constitute an event … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Letters From High Latitudes

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Lord Dufferin Letters From High Latitudes: Being Some Account of a Voyage, in 1856, in the Schooner Yacht “Foam,” to Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Spitzbergen (ca.1882) FIRST LINE: “Our start has not been prosperous.” LAST LINE: “Through her white columned halls … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The I Ching or Book of Changes

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Baynes, Cary F. (trans); The I Ching or Book of Changes (1950) ICI Shelf: Cuba First Line: “The first hexagram is made up of six unbroken lines.” Last Line: “The way of the superior man is in the ascendant, the … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Trout Fishing in America

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Brautigan, Richard;Trout Fishing in America: a novel (1967) ICI Shelf: LAL First Line: “As a child when did I first hear about trout fishing in America?” Last Line: “P.S. Sorry I forgot to give you the mayonnaise.” ICI History: First … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Razor’s Edge

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Maugham, Somerset W.; The Razor’s Edge (1944) ICI Shelf: Dante First Line: “I HAVE NEVER BEGUN A NOVEL with more misgiving.” Last Line: “And however superciliously the highbrows carp, we the public in our heart of hearts all like a success story; … Continue reading

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