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First and Last Lines from ICI Library Books

LIBRARY SHELF: Sabine’s Notebook

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Bantock, Nick; Sabine’s Notebook (1992) ICI Shelf: Books to Inspire FIRST LINE: “Sabine, If you are reading this, then you exist.” LAST LINE: “Write to me Griffin. – Sabine” ICI HISTORY: First Line: Today at the ICI-Twitter Feed (04-24-17) Accession #: ICI-02776

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LIBRARY SHELF: Poetic Meter and Poetic Form

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Fussell, Paul; Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (1979)   ICI Shelf: Poetry FIRST LINE: “Rhythm must have meaning”, Ezra Pound insisted in 1915.” LAST LINE: “For the reader is an individual talent too, and it is technical knowledge and command that release … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Relational Aesthetics

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Bourriand, Nicolas; Relational Aesthetics (2002) ICI Shelf: Philosophy FIRST LINE: “Artistic activity is a game, whose forms, patterns and functions develop and evolve according to periods and social contexts.” LAST LINE: “The poetic function, which consists in re-forming worlds of subjectivization, possibly … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Secret Life of Dust

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Holmes, Hannah; The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Big Consequences of Little Things (2001) ICI Shelf: Science Theory FIRST LINE: “Picture a juice glass sitting on a porch railing in the sunshine.” LAST LINE: “And … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Handbook to Higher Consciousness

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Keyes, Ken; Handbook to Higher Consciousness (1973) ICI Shelf: Trotter FIRST LINE: “Most of us”, said the cosmic humorist, “go through life not knowing what we want, but feeling darned sure we don’t have it.” LAST LINE: “When spiritual growth is the … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Art School

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Madoff, Steven Henry; Ed.; Art School: Propositions for the 21st Century (2009) ICI Shelf: Art Criticism FIRST LINE: “No school is a school without an idea.” LAST LINE:“Yours sincerely, Ken” ICI HISTORY: First Line: Today at the ICI-Twitter Feed (03-26-17) Accession … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Rant

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Palahniuk, Chuck; Rant: an oral biography of Buster Casey (2007) ICI Shelf: Books to Inspire FIRST LINE: “Do you ever wish you had never been born?” LAST LINE: “The rest of you goddamn losers — enjoy your death.” ICI HISTORY: First Line: … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Hide and Seek

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Shell, Hannah Rose; Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography and the Media of Reconnaissance (2012) ICI Shelf: Barthes’ Tear FIRST LINE: “Here’s one way of not showing up.” LAST LINE: “What predators, real or imagined, might be revealed by a stenciled outline?” ICI … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Fantastic Kingdom

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Larkin, David, Ed; The Fantastic Kingdom (1974) ICI Shelf: Outsider FIRST LINE: “Folklore, myth, fantasy — the very stuff of childhood.” LAST LINE: “But after that he seems to have vanished, without a trace, from the artistic world.” ICI HISTORY: Last Line: … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Importance of Being Earnest

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Wilde, Oscar; The Importance of Being Earnest (1990) ICI Shelf: Fiction FIRST LINE: “Did you hear what I was playing?” LAST LINE: “On the contrary, Aunt Augusta, I’ve now realised for the first time in my life the Importance of Being … Continue reading

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