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LIBRARY SHELF: Machine Project

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Alle, Mark; Jason Bown and Liz Glynn, eds.; MACHINE PROJECT: A Field Guide to the Los Angeles Museum of Art (2009) ICI Shelf: Museums First Line: “Etymologically speaking, “machine” is any means of doing something.” Last Line: “Please give me an Ambient Haircut.” … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Museum at Purgatory

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Bantock, Nick; The Museum at Purgatory (1999) ICI Shelf: Museums First Line: “I met Marie Louise Gornier the other day, she’d only been dead for a week or so.” Last Line:“Here, at this mid point, each of us dismantles our past and … Continue reading

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This Could Be a Place of Historical Significance

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In 1980, Braco Dimitrijević built an engraved slab into the pavement outside the Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. This photo was taken in January of 1992. Dimitrijević’s critique of history relies not only on language, the usual fodder of sign systems, … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Unfinished System of Nonknowledge

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Bataille, George (translated by Michelle Kendall and Stuart Kendall); The Unfinished System of Nonknowledge (2001) ICI Shelf: Monkey Head First Line: “It is a banality to claim that there is a fundamental difficulty in human communication.” Last Line: “ready to pray” ICI History: First … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Artificial Kingdom

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Olalquiaga, Celeste; The Artificial Kingdom: A Treasury of the Kitsch Experience (1998) ICI Shelf: Museology First Line: “Meet Rodney, king of the hermit crabs.” Last Line: “In Rodney’s eyes I have been able to gaze into myself as never before, and in this … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Hoaxes and Deceptions

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Flaherty, Thomas H., ed.; Library of Curious and Unusual Facts: Hoaxes and Deceptions (1991) ICI Shelf: Ptolemy First Line: “Like an echo in the song of civilization, fakes have attended every great artistic achievement” Last Line: “Evidence of this, according to Washington University … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: What Heaven Looks Like

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Elkins, James; What Heaven Looks Like: Comments on a Strange Wordless Books (2017) ICI Shelf: Books to Inspire First Line: “A woman sits down to her secret work.” Last Line: “And it is especially wonderful that even when her book is seen again, … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Homosexuality and the Bible

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Barnett, Walter; Homosexuality and the Bible: An Interpretation (1979) ICI Shelf: Religion First Line: “Most Christians are still uneasy about homosexuality.” Last Line: “As long as heterosexual Christians keep on asserting that they know all there is to know about God’s will on … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: That This

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Howe, Susan; That This (2010) ICI Shelf: Current Project First Line: “It was too quiet on the morning of January 3rd when I got up at eight after a good night’s sleep.” Last Line: “He replied simply ‘Je n’ai rien négligé.’” … Continue reading

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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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