The great objection to new books is that they prevent our reading old ones.
The star shines for everyone in the world, but it itself is surrounded by darkness.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those in every city? See what else we have found this week travelling across Russia
Source: Alexandra Guzeva
Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy.
At the Girolamini Library in Naples, a librarian has been accused of “one of the most dramatic thefts ever to hit the rare-book world.” Pilfered volumes include rare editions of Aristotle, Descartes, and Machiavelli.
Tolkien was able to draw.
When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, he was already an accomplished amateur artist, and drew illustrations for his book while it was still in manuscript. The Hobbit as first printed had ten black-and-white pictures, two maps, and binding and dust jacket designs by its author. Later, Tolkien also painted five scenes for color plates, which comprise some of his best work. His illustrations for The Hobbit add an extra dimension to that remarkable book, and have long influenced how readers imagine Bilbo Baggins and his world.
I have found The Art of The Hobbit book here in Amazon. Some of these images are published here for the first time, others for the first time in color, allowing Tolkien’s Hobbit pictures to be seen completely and more vividly than ever before.
Library hidden in a cave
Behold a unique repository of ancient manuscripts known as The Library Cave. It’s a hidden cache of 50,000 books and rolls that were deemed heretical. They date from c. 500 to the year 1002 and were hidden in the cave in the early eleventh century. The texts in the hidden cache have a strong Buddhist focus and are written on silk, paper and hemp. The books and rolls were placed in a walled-off area of a cave complex and they did not see the light of day for 900 years, until the entrance was discovered in 1900. How exciting it must have been to discover this treasure!
The studio drawing room at Claude Monet’s home at Giverny.
Photo by Guy Bouchet.