Friday, October 10, 2008
For some of us, books and libraries symbolize some of the very qualities and modes o being that are threatened in our fast-paced instrumental lives. Books speak of time and depth and attention. They speak of a slower rhythm of life. And in their weighty physicality, they draw us back to our own materiality, and to the materiality of the world. Libraries are places not just where books can be found, but where people can temporarily remove themselves from the speed and busyness of life, where they can read and write and reflect. They are (or can be) shared sacred places in a secular, common world.
Levy, D. M. (2001) Scrolling Forward – Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age, Arcade Publishing, 197.