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Reading in Restraint: The Last Chained Libraries

In the Middle Ages, books were incredibly scarce, and although many wanted to share knowledge with the masses, they didn’t quite trust the public. So the chained library was born, and while most of these restrained reading collections have vanished, a rare few still exist, looking much as they did centuries ago. 

Come with us for a tour of the world’s last remaining chained libraries, on Atlas Obscura!

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“ To do something really, really good, you might have to mess up your entire life. ”

- my drawing professor who I think may actually be God (via scottiehughes)


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Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

For coming-of-age awesomeness set in different eras, try…

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell for a precocious-yet-unannoying kid’s-eye view of life in an ’80s-era British village

Locas by Jaime Hernandez for an alt-comic depiction of badass, punk-rock Chicanas growing up as best friends and sometime lovers in ’80s So Cal

The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis for hilarious first lust/love antics set against the groovy backdrop of ’60s/’70s London

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block for a dreamy YA novel about a gritty fairy tale-like ’80s L.A.

This post was co-edited by Eve Epstein and Leonora Epstein, authors of X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story. You can find them on Twitter here and here.

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“ Life is the tragedy,’ she said bitterly. ‘You know how they categorize Shakespeare’s plays, right? If it ends with a wedding, it’s a comedy. And if it ends with a funeral, it’s a tragedy. So we’re all living tragedies, because we all end the same way, and it isn’t with a goddamn wedding. ”

- Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything


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“ You cannot use someone else’s fire. You can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe that you have it. ”

- Audre Lorde (via feellng)


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“ Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal. ”

- Laura Miller  (via corvidae-and-crossroads)

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“ In Act 1, get your characters up in a tree; in Act 2, throw stones at them; and in Act 3, get them down again. ”

- George M. Cohan (via throughdepthsofheight)


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