Category Archives: Library

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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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: Style in Motion

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White, Nancy & Este, John; Style in Motion: Munkacsi Photographs of the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s (1979) ICI Shelf: Photography First Line: “In the 1930’s, working under Carmel Snow, the gifted editor of Harper’s Bazaar, a Hungarian émigré by the name … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Artists with PhDs

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Elkins, James, Ed; Artists with PhDs: On the new Doctoral Degree in Studio Art (2009) ICI Shelf: Visuality First Line: “If you’re a young artist, and you are wondering about how to land a secure teaching job, there is an interesting– … 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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