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Charles Davis writes:"from
Sir Wilfred Thesiger, who died on Sunday aged 93,
was the quintessential English explorer, and the last and greatest of that small band of travellers who sought out the secrets of the desert in the years before Arabia was transformed forever by the oil beneath her sands.
Paradoxically, one modern invention gave Thesiger
an edge over predecessors such as Richard Burton
and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt - the camera. Thesiger
taught himself to become an excellent photographer
and perhaps his most enduring legacy will prove to
be his vast photographic record (willed to the
Pitt-Rivers Museum in Oxford) of ancient races and
ways of life since extinguished within a generation"
[I heard Paul Theroux eulogizing Thesiger on All Things Considered yesterday. -Karl]
Charles Davis writes "from story at
George Fox University
students will remember
Elizabeth Carey Minas, who
died in Newberg last weekend
at age 94, as the volunteer
who spent 16 years working
in the library.
"I'm not an expert -- just a
flunky," she once said,
despite a 37-year career as a
librarian in Oregon and Hawaii
before her return in 1972 to
Newberg and George Fox,
where her life and name is
woven through the campus."
Vivien Greene, widow of Graham Greene, died at her home in Oxfordshire on Tuesday aged 98.
Amanda Saunders, the daughter of the novelist's sister, who lives in Northamptonshire, said yesterday that her death felt like the
end of an era. Graham Greene died in 1991.
Mrs Greene, a devout Catholic, married the novelist in 1927 at the end of an "intense" courtship during which he converted to
However, the complex moral ambiguities that so frequently marked the characters in his novels were never far from his
day-to-day existence. As his belief in Catholicism began to wane, his unfaithful forays outside his marriage grew in equal
News From San Jose's new library where six marathon readers were carving out their niche in the Guinness Book of World Records.
They ended Saturday afternoon, with Johnson's recitation of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, at 74 hours, 49 minutes and 37 seconds. The listed Guinness record is 53 hours and two minutes, set last December by a team from Italy, but a group of Germans is awaiting approval of its 61-hour mark.
The read-a-thon was meant to promote literacy and the reopening of the library.
The Houston Chronicle Reports on Charles Arbore who binds books at the Houston Public Library's Julia Ideson Building. For 10 years, he has volunteered to revive and rehabilitate the precious and rare old books in the library's Texas Collection. M.B. Synge's Book of Discovery: The History of the World's Explorations, from the Earliest Times to the Finding of the South Pole was one of the latest to undergo Arbore's reconstructive surgery.
"I had a bit of a revelation," Arbore said. "I couldn't afford the $75 a book Williams was going to charge for fixing my books, but I could afford to pay to learn to bind books myself. I ended up spending a heck of a lot more than $75, but I got a skill that is a hobby I'm passionate about."
A library assistant who was arrested for sexually abusing students at a suburban Chicago high school last year, spoke to a reporter from her jail cell about her case. While accepting responsibility for her actions, the woman feels like she's been in jail long enough and wants to be reunited with her own six children. Laurie Augustine has been jailed for 10 months, in lieu of $150,000 bail, while awaiting trial. More here from ABC7 TV.
Among the personal property that convicted Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski is seeking in court to have returned are a whole bunch of books. In addition to volumes about which plants are safe/unsafe to eat, the list includes history, ancient classics, Shakespeare, Dickens, Steinbeck ... Oh, and Psychology of Women.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has learned that the U.S. Supreme Court denied Jesus Castilloâ€™s petition for writ of certiorari, bringing his three-year quest for justice to a close. Castillo is presently serving a period of unsupervised probation.
Jesus Castillo was found guilty of selling an adult comic, from the adult section of the store, to an adult police officer, and convicted because the DA convinced the jury that all comics are really intended for children.
"I can't imagine a world in which the same argument would have worked for books or for films... says Neil Gaiman.
"A quote from Jeffrey Archer's new memoir about his life in prison:
"I'm greeted by a lady in civilian clothes who wears the inevitable badge--in her case, Librarian. 'Good afternoon,' I say as I rise from my place and smile. She looks surprised."
"'If a prisoner asks you to sign a book, could you in future say no,' she says without bothering to introduce herself. I look puzzled; after all, I've been asked to sign books for the last twenty-five years. 'It's just that they are all library books,' she continues, 'and they're being stolen. They've now become like tobacco and phonecards, a trading item for drugs, and are worth double with your signature.'" (from The Chicago Sun Times)
Cortez writes "With the eroding financial support from government entities, the folks in Boston's Papercut: http://www.baamboston.org/papercut/ might be on to something: http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/ this_just_in/documents/04701066.asp
"Itâ€™s Tuesday afternoon, three days after the Papercut â€™Zine Library opened, and Mothra, the bullet-belted punk-rock librarian on duty, is sitting in a comfy chair explaining what inspired the venture: a pile of â€™zines collecting dust on her best friendâ€™s floor. "I was like, â€˜Isnâ€™t there some way to let other people use these?""