"My books do not settle down. I like books that slip away, the escapees."
Helene Cixous, “The Writing, Always the Writing.” (via batarde)
Albrecht Durer (via nataliakoptseva)
Pierre’s library (via renaudbuenerd)
Museo Plantin-Moretus, Amberes (Bélgica) (via sinred)
"For ordinary books are like meteors. Each of them has only one moment, a moment when it soars screaming like the phoenix, all its pages aflame. For that single moment we love them ever after, although they soon turn to ashes. With bitter resignation we sometimes wander late at night through the extinct pages that tell their stone dead messages like wooden rosary beads."
Bruno Schulz on The Book (via)
“I enjoy facilitating discovery. I like that selling books still has an aura of something hopelessly noble about it. (Let’s call it quixotic.) Since a book is not just a book—not in the way something utilitarian like a dishwasher is, I mean—I like to think that I’m really trafficking in dreams and solitude. I’m not selling someone the time to read, of course, but a book represents our desire (our need, really) to turn inward. To be a part of the ritual of reading—that going out into the world, exploring, flipping pages, talking to others, and then returning to a place where a reader can be alone with a book, a possible treasure!—is very gratifying.”
I rarely pass up a chance to talk about books. To be asked to do just that with City Lights as part of their Talking (Book)shop series was for that reason very exciting.
Diane Victor (2011) (via mythologyofblue)