‘The Library Book’ is a delightful love letter to public libraries – CSMonitor.com

New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean continues her usual practice of captivating readers by investigating her own obsessions.

“Unexpectedly engaging sections are tied to architects and landscaping and budgets, plus the overwhelming modern challenges of homelessness and mental illness. (“Every problem that society has, the library has too, because the boundary between society and the library is porous…,” Orlean wrote.) We learn how “teen departments” evolved and about the delicate politics of loaning out music scores, and hear some of the odd questions asked of the reference desk pre-Google; “they read like synopses of a play; each one seems like a snapshot of life that concluded with someone saying “Let’s just call the library!”

Source: ‘The Library Book’ is a delightful love letter to public libraries – CSMonitor.com

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BBC – Culture – Libraries: Where the world’s memory is stored

A new book celebrates some of the world’s most beautiful libraries, with many of its entries in Europe. Cameron Laux looks at how they have carried knowledge through the ages, surviving 10th-Century raids – and looting by a 21st-Century crime ring.

Source: BBC – Culture – Libraries: Where the world’s memory is stored

The Birth of Braveheart | Randall Wallace – Great Minds with Michael Medved

Michael Medved and long-time friend Randall Wallace discuss the fortunes of the once robust business of movie entertainment and the current exodus toward television. The ensuing conversation revisits the birth of the idea of Braveheart in a Scottish church, the initial meeting with Mel Gibson, and t

Source: The Birth of Braveheart | Randall Wallace – Great Minds with Michael Medved

Anthony Bourdain’s Interview with David Remnick

Anthony Bourdain—the chef turned author, food anthropologist, and television star—died this week, at sixty-one. Bourdain made his début in The New Yorker in 1999, with an essay called “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” about working in the restaurant industry. {{}}It was an account of what really goes on in restaurants—extremely vivid, funny, gross, and, in parts, genuinely disturbing. After the success of that article, Bourdain went on to publish his best-selling memoir, “Kitchen Confidential,” a

* duration: 19:20, Played: 18:52

* Published: 6/8/18 8:00:00 AM

* Episode Download Link (18 MB): https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/tnyradiohour/tnyradiohour060818_podcastbonus_bourdain.mp3

* Show Notes: http://www.wnycstudios.org/story/anthony-bourdains-interview-david-remnick/

* Episode feed: The New Yorker Radio Hour – http://feeds.wnyc.org/newyorkerradiohour

The Right To Browse: A Library Puts Books Into Storage And Readers Cry Foul : NPR Ed : NPR

“To make room, librarians removed tens of thousands of books and other materials that hadn’t been checked out in years. The items were put into storage — some across town, some a few hours away. Students can still request them; it just might take a few days to get them back to the library.”

Source: The Right To Browse: A Library Puts Books Into Storage And Readers Cry Foul : NPR Ed : NPR

Moving Image Research Center | Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress

The Flying Ace, (1926, Norman Film Mfg. Co.)

The Flying Ace, (1926, Norman Film Mfg. Co.)

“The Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) at the Library of Congress has responsibility for the acquisition, cataloging and preservation of the motion picture and television collections. The Division operates the Moving Image Research Center to provide access and information services to an international community of film and television professionals, archivists, scholars and researchers.”

Thanks to The Scout Report for the link…

Source: Moving Image Research Center (Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress)