lunes, 22 de diciembre de 2014

Bespoke libraries

This might be useful to lottery winners.
Suppose you want to have a full-blown library at home, as in many novels and films. How would you go about it? You might want to hire the services of professionals like Heywood Hill of London. Owned by the Duke of Devonshire, it has become a leading purveyor of bespoke (that is, customised) libraries and is the object of a recent piece by The Economist.
'The first major commission, in 2013, was a collection of books on 20th-century Modernist art and design for a chalet in Switzerland. The 3,000-volume library took four months to put together and three days to install at a cost of just under £500,000 ($788,000).'
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Another option is bookseller and curator Thatcher Wine from Boulder, Colorado. CBS ran this segment about his work last summer.

Finally, a bonus: watch this nice video about libraries that someone took the trouble to put together.

jueves, 18 de diciembre de 2014

Jane Austen in quotes: 30 tips for a successful life

Undoubtedly Jane Austen is one of the best loved authors in Britain, whose influence lives on and whose ideas are still a beacon for the generations. Tuesday marked the 239Th anniversary of her birth and became the first ever Jane Austen's Day. To mark the historic ocasion, some of the best quotes from the author and her characters were pusblished for our benefit, on the conviction they are amazingly relevant to modern life,
Consider these:
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of luck,
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
Is the relevance amazing? Read them all and consider yourself.