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LIBRARY SHELF: Der fliegende Berg

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Ransmayr, Christoph; Der Fliegende Berg (2006) ICI Shelf: Poetry First Line: “Ich starb” Last Line: “auf ein sanfteres Meer” ICI HISTORY: First Line: Today at the ICI-Twitter Feed (12-01-17) Accession #: ICI-03094

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LIBRARY SHELF: Photography After Conceptual Art

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Costello, Diarmiud and Iversen, Margaret Photography After Conceptual Art (2010) ICI Shelf: Current project FIRST LINE: “This Art History book aims to open up a debase about what is at stake in contemporary photographic art.” LAST LINE: “But a picture … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Fire Next Time

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Baldwin, James The Fire Next Time (1963) ICI Shelf: Austerlitz FIRST LINE: “Dear James: I have begun this letter five times and torn it up five times” LAST LINE: “God gave Noah the Rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time!” ICI … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Object Stares Back

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Elkins, James; The Object Stares Back: On the nature of Seeing (1998) ICI Shelf: Visuality FIRST LINE: “What is the simplest — the absolute minimum — that can be said about seeing? That the eye opens and light comes in.” LAST LINE: “That … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Tales from the Freudian Crypt

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Dufresne, Todd; Tales from the Freudian Crypt: the Death Drive in Text and Context (2000) ICI Shelf: Philosophy FIRST LINE: “From a narrativist or hermeneutic perspective, psychoanalysis is neither simply true nor simply false.” LAST LINE: “For better or for worse, we are the … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: How to Make Books

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Smith, Esther K.;  How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book (2007) ICI Shelf: Bookmaking FIRST LINE: “Books are Containers” LAST LINE: “Have Fun.” ICI HISTORY: First Line: Today at the ICI-Twitter Feed (01-20-17) Accession #: ICI-00488

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LIBRARY SHELF: Christmas Stories

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Dickens, Charles; Christmas Stories (ca. 1930) ICI Shelf: Dickens First Line: “Marley was dead, to begin with.” Last Line:“It is so well done, that there really is no hurry!” ICI History: First Line: Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed (12-24-13); … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Posthumous Papers of a Living Author

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Musil, Robert Posthumous Papers of a Living Author (1995)   ICI SHELF: Ptolemy FIRST LINE: “Why posthumous papers?” LAST LINE: “it’s like hearing a whisper and a rustling outside, without being able to distinguish the two!” ICI HISTORY: First Line: Today at the ICI-Twitter … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Melancholia and Moralism

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Crimp, Douglas Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics (2002) FIRST LINE: “I assert to begin that ‘disease’ does not exist.” LAST LINE: “How do we make what we know knowable to legions?” ICI SHELF: AIDS ICI HISTORY: … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Photography Theory

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Elkins, James. Photography Theory (2007) ICI Shelf: Current project FIRST LINE: “What is a photograph?” LAST LINE: “And with the referent redescribed as the medium, the casual stuff that gets in the way of seeing the photograph as a picture … Continue reading

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