Category Archives: First and Last Lines

First and Last Lines from ICI Library Books

LIBRARY SHELF: The Satanic Verses

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Rushdie, Salman; The Satanic Verses: a novel (1997) ICI Shelf: Fiction  First Line: “’To be born again,’ sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, ‘first you have to die.’” Last Line: “’I’m coming,’ he answered her, and turned away from the view.” … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Across the Land and the Water

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Sebald, W.G.; Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems 1964-2001 (2013) ICI Shelf: Sebald First Line: “For how hard it is” Last Line: “on a bed of ice.” ICI HISTORY: First Line: Today at the ICI-Twitter Feed (12-07-17) Accession … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Peoples of the USSR

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Strong, Anna Louise; Peoples of the USSR (1944) ICI Shelf: Faraday First Line: “The Second World War made everyone ask it.” Last Line: “The people of all sixteen Soviet Republics prepared to appoint their ambassadors and to share in rebuilding … 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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LIBRARY SHELF: From the Center

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Lippard, Lucy R.; From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women’s Art (1976) ICI Shelf: Women First Line: “In print, Lucy LIppard seems enthusiastic and committed to the art she deals with.” Last Line: “The little people form a chain and … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Framed Time

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Stewart, Garrett; Framed Time: Toward a Postfilmic Cinema (2007) ICI Shelf: Film First Line: “There’s a great throwaway joke — implicitly about motion pictures as entertainment versus “the cinema” as art — in Alan Bennett’s 2003 play The History Boys.” … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: African Art

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Willett, Frank; African Art (1975) ICI Shelf: Art History First Line: “There already exists a considerable literature on African art, much of it more valuable for its illustrations than its text.” Last Line: “Happily they are mistaken.” ICI HISTORY: Last … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Interactive Art and Embodiment

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Stern, Nathaniel; Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance (2013) ICI Shelf: Art Movements First Line: “More than a decade before I write these words, I was in Dan O’Sullivan’s ‘Physical Computing’ class at the interactive Telecommunications Program … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

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Neruda, Pablo; Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda (1961) ICI Shelf: Poetry First Line: “Innecesario, viendome en los espejos/ Needlessly, watching my looking-glass image” Last Line: “toquemos tierra con el alma./and touch earth with our spirits.” ICI HISTORY: First Line: Today … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott

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Wilson, David; The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: Unseen Images from the Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2011) ICI Shelf: Current Project First Line: “Lying in his sleeping bag, Captain Robert Falcon Scott was riven with anxiety.” Last Line: “Forgotten and lost … Continue reading

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