September 18, 2011
Reading Susan Spano's story ["Ancient Rock, Eternal Truths," Sept. 11] brought back memories of 30 years ago. I had a Norwegian student visiting, and we were staying at El Tovar in Grand Canyon with my husband and kids. One morning after breakfast, the student and I decided to hike a little ways down the Bright Angel Trail. It was a beautiful day, and we were full of energy. We had an apple and an orange for nourishment, and off we went after leaving a note for my husband. Enjoying the lovely scenery, we did not realize that we had passed the ranch, garden and plateau until we found ourselves overlooking the Colorado River, where we met three Swedish students, to my guest's delight.
September 4, 2011
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September 4, 2011 |
In my family, we've never recognized a distinction between happiness and the handling of books. Books in libraries, books in shops. Books that take you places, and books you can steal from - like Norman Maclean's memoir, "A River Runs Through It," whose opening sentence (about religion and fly-fishing) has been ransacked for the benefit of that first paragraph. My father, a journalist and professor, haunted bookstores, collected first editions and briefly ran his own tiny bookshop.
March 6, 2011 |
In the long term, does it really matter if books are a thing of the past? So long as the book-length texts that used to appear within printed covers are still available in some form, so long as we can still summon the attention to follow many-chambered sentences and access the privacy and reflectiveness of a Thoreau, the intricate feelings and psychological acuity of a Proust, it hardly matters what kind of medium is bringing us our words. But if the library disappears, then we're really in trouble.
June 27, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- "Does she or doesn't she?" "I can't believe I ate the whole thing." "Where's the beef?" Before these slogans became lodged in our brains, they were dreamed up by advertising copywriters and executives with a knack for tapping into the spirit of the times.
March 12, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Stephen Schwarzman, the billionaire chairman of leveraged-buyout firm Blackstone Group, has pledged $100 million to the New York Public Library, which will rename its main Manhattan building on Fifth Avenue after him. The guaranteed donation, the largest to a New York City cultural organization, will be the cornerstone of a $1-billion plan to expand the institution, Paul LeClerc, the library's president, said Tuesday at a news conference.