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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library”*…

 

From Babel…

The Library of Babel, “The Library of Babel,” Jorge Luis Borges

In Borges’s classic story, the entire universe is a library, a infinite labyrinth, which contains all books — that is, every possible ordering of letters and symbols, so that one full book of gibberish might differ from another only in the placement of a single comma. “Perhaps my old age and fearfulness deceive me,” Borges’s narrator muses at the story’s end, “but I suspect that the human species — the unique species — is about to be extinguished, but the Library will endure: illuminated, solitary, infinite, perfectly motionless, equipped with precious volumes, useless, incorruptible, secret.” Sigh.

… to Buffy…

Sunnydale High Library, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

At the other end of the cultural spectrum (but then again, maybe not really), sits the Sunnydale High Library, squarely on top of a Hellmouth. Don’t let that scare you away, though! This place has every book you’ll ever need on vampires, spirits, demons and beyond, and happens to be staffed by a very winsome librarian. There’s also a book cage full of weapons, just in case.

…”The Best Fictional Libraries in Pop Culture.”

* Jorge Luis Borges

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As we renew our library cards, we might recall that it was on this date in 1829 that Henry Trumbull registered (officially published) his biography of Robert Voorhis (1770-1832), an African American slave who later became a recluse in Massachusetts:

LIFE AND ADVENTURES
OF
ROBERT,
THE
HERMIT OF MASSACHUSETTS,
Who has lived 14 Years in a Cave, secluded from human society.
COMPRISING,
An account of his Birth, Parentage, Sufferings, and
providential escape from unjust and cruel Bondage
in early life–and his reasons for becoming
a Recluse.
Taken from his own mouth, and published for his benefit.

PROVIDENCE:
Printed for H. TRUMBULL
— 1829 Price 12 1-2 Cents

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Written by LW

January 31, 2013 at 1:01 am

Movies for the temporally challenged…

From MovieBarCode, every frame of a film, compressed into a single image.  E.g…

The Big Lebowski (1998)

A Single Man (2009)

And from “ultraculture,” via the ever-estimable Roger Ebert, “death scenes from 36 of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, synchronized to climax in unison”…

[TotH, respectively, to Jesse Dylan and Nell Minow]

As we scale back our popcorn orders, we might recall that it was on this date in 1997 that the fledgling Warner Brothers (WB) television network aired the inaugural episode of what became its first bona-fide hit series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Buffy [when asked in their first encounter by Giles, who will become her mentor, if she knows anything about vampires]:  To make you a vampire they have to suck your blood. And then you have to suck their blood. It’s like a whole big sucking thing. Mostly they’re just gonna kill you. Why am I still talking to you?

 

 

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