Category Archives: Library

LIBRARY SHELF: The Uses of Enchantment

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Bethelheim, Bruno; The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales (1977) ICI Shelf: Prague FIRST LINE: “Little Red Riding Hood was my first love.” LAST LINE: “This is one of the manifold truths revealed by fairy tales, … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Schindler by MAK

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MAK Center; Schindler by MAK (2005) ICI Shelf: Architecture FIRST LINE: “What happens when the “mandate” is no mandate?” LAST LINE: “But in fact, the museum could not ask for anything better than to spark off a radical, critical debate … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Design for a Limited Planet

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Skurka, Norma; Naar, Jon; Design for a Limited Planet: Living with Natural Energy (1976) ICI Shelf: Architecture FIRST LINE: “The world was brutally introduced to the nuclear age.” LAST LINE: “I feel I have a real stake in my community.” … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Dark Moon Mysteries

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Roderick, Timothy; Dark Moon Mysteries: Wisdom, Power and Magic of the Shadow World (1999) ICI Shelf: Religion FIRST LINE: “The Sage speaks: I have grown old.” LAST LINE: “The magic is complete.” ICI HISTORY: First Line: Today at the ICI-Twitter … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols

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Cooper, J. C.; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols (1978) ICI Shelf: Reference FIRST LINE: “The study of symbolism is not mere erudition.” LAST LINE: “The Islamic Zodiac has six northern (wet) and six southern (dry) signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Fire Next Time

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Baldwin, James The Fire Next Time (1963) ICI Shelf: Austerlitz FIRST LINE: “Dear James: I have begun this letter five times and torn it up five times” LAST LINE: “God gave Noah the Rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time!” ICI … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Artwork

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Vartanian, Ivan Artwork: Seeing Inside the Creative Process (2011) ICI Shelf: Artist Handbooks FIRST LINE: “As artists, we often prefer the note to the final product; it is an object that is ours alone, free of explanatory fuss and ornament.” LAST LINE: “I … Continue reading

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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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