Category Archives: First and Last Lines

First and Last Lines from ICI Library Books

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: The Mind Map Book

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Buzan, Tony; Buzan, Barry; The Mind Map Book (1994) ICI Shelf: Reference FIRST LINE: “Whoever, wherever, you are, you are using – to read these words – the most beautiful, intricate, complex, mysterious and powerful object in the known universe: your … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Ways of Worldmaking

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Goodman, Nelson; Ways of Worldmaking (1978) ICI Shelf: Current Project FIRST LINE: “Countless worlds made from nothing by use of symbols– so might a satirist summarize some major themes in the work of Ernst Cassirer.” LAST LINE: “My readers could weaken that … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: By Airship to the North Pole

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Capelotti, P. J.; By Airship to the North Pole: An Archaeology of Human Exploration (1999) ICI Shelf: Current Project FIRST LINE: “The modern Norwegian name for the Danes Island is Danskøya.” LAST LINE: “Rule, Britannia!” ICI HISTORY: First Line: Today … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Letters of Virginia Woolf

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Nicolson, Nigel; The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume One 1888-1912 (1975) ICI Shelf: Austerlitz FIRST LINE: “This is a spontaneous production of Miss Stephen, on seeing a picture of the Adirondacks and hearing that you had been there.” LAST LINE: “Only … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: What is Philosophy?

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Deleuze, Gilles; Guattari, Feliz; What is Philosophy? (1994) ICI Shelf: Philosophy FIRST LINE: “The question what is philosophy? can perhaps be posed only late in life, with the arrival of old age and the time for speaking concretely.” LAST LINE: “It is … 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: Annotated Brothers Grimm

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Tartar, Maria; Annotated Brothers Grimm (2012) ICI Shelf: Fiction FIRST LINE: “The Grimms led with this story because the considered it to be among the oldest in the collection.” LAST LINE: “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.” ICI HISTORY: … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Struggles and Triumphs

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Barnum, P.T.; Struggles and Triumphs/ The Life of P.T. Barnum, Written by Himself (1927) ICI Shelf: Trotter FIRST LINE: “I now come to a series of events which, all things considered, constitutes one of the most remarkable experiences of my life” … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Photographic Illusion

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Michals, Duane; The Photographic Illusion (1975) ICI Shelf : Photography FIRST LINE: “You have to be cuckoo.” LAST LINE: “The Michals-in-wonderland sequence uses the tools of surrealism–scale distortion, mirrors within mirrors and even photographs within photographs–to shake up and finally smash the … Continue reading

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