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Library: An Unquiet History

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?Engrossingly saturated with fascinating lore, colorful anecdotes and deft portraits.??Hilarie M. Sheets, New York Times
Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Now they are in crisis. Former rare books librarian and Harvard MetaLAB visionary Matthew Battles takes us from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries and on to the Information Age, to explore how libraries are built and how they are destroyed: ...

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Overview

“Engrossingly saturated with fascinating lore, colorful anecdotes and deft portraits.”—Hilarie M. Sheets, New York Times
Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Now they are in crisis. Former rare books librarian and Harvard MetaLAB visionary Matthew Battles takes us from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries and on to the Information Age, to explore how libraries are built and how they are destroyed: from the scroll burnings in ancient China to the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia to the latest revolutionary upheavals of the digital age. A new epilogue elucidates the preservation of knowledge amid the creative destruction of twenty-first century technology.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Huge in scope . . . engaging.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Battles' sprightly narrative performs a valuable service by blowing the dust off our stodgy, conventional conception of the library to reveal the living heart of cultures that beats beneath its stone facade.”
Richard Lederer
“Battles turns an all-seeing telescope on the most spectacular galaxy in our intellectual heavens—that magnificent constellation of books we call a library—and brings into focus the brightest stars and blackest holes in its dynamic history.”
Nicholas Basbanes
“Matthew Battles knows his way around the stacks as well as anyone. . . . This book is a delight.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393325645
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 245
  • Sales rank: 341,664
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Battles is a fellow at the Berkman Center of
Harvard University, where he is associate director of metaLAB,
a research group exploring the bounds of networked culture. The author ofPalimpsest andLibrary, he lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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    Raven

    Raven grabs 37 fiction books to read, and heads home.

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    Posted March 28, 2013

    Monster

    ((This is just a short writing I did in the middle of class one day, not quite a story, not quite a poem...))
    The monster comes for me.
    I can feel it creeping to fill my limbs, demanding control.
    I count the seconds down.
    12...11...10...
    10 more seconds before I lose control...
    9...8...7...
    I close my eyes and plead.
    "Leave me alone..."
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    There is no escape...

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    Posted February 27, 2013

    Janet's Summer Vacation

    Janet is 21 years old, her junior year in collage, and still a virgin. After a bad break-up with her boyfriend she practicaly swears off boys. She returns home for summer vacation to find out her mom is getting remarried! Janet's step-dad-to-be, Derric, is nice but not really her style. Her step-sister-to-be, Crissy, on the other hand, is toatally hot! One day ,after the wedding, Janet accidentaly sees Crissy without a top while she's getting dressed. Janet now wanted more then ever to make love with her step-sister. On a really hot day in July, Janet's mom and Derric went on a date and it was just Janet and Crissy in the house. Crissy suggested they go swimming and Janet agreed. Crissy had gotten in a car accident and broken her arm so she asked Janet to help her get into her new bakini. To be continued a library result #2

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