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Day December 30, 2008

Bookmarks for December 30th

  • Robert Capa – Lost Negatives – Art – New York Times – "To the small group of photography experts aware of its existence, it was known simply as “the Mexican suitcase.” And in the pantheon of lost modern cultural treasures, it was surrounded by the same mythical aura as Hemingway’s early manuscripts, which vanished from a train station in 1922." Amazing find. The pictures associated with the story (reputedly from the lost collection) remind me of the few negatives which were saved from Capa’s photography during the D-Day landings. There will never be another photojournalist like him… or Gerda Taro, for that matter.
  • L-space – Discworld & Pratchett Wiki – "Large quantities of magical and mundane books create portals into L-space that can be accessed using innate powers of librarianship that are taught by the Librarians of Time and Space to those deemed worthy across the multiverse. Because libraries with enough books to open a portal are often large and sprawling, those venturing into L-space may not necessarily know that they have arrived. The floor and ceiling of L-space follow the floor and ceiling of the library used to access it; the best example of this is that the central dome of Unseen University's library is "always overhead" (Guards! Guards! – all quotes in this article come from this book). In every direction and as far as the eye can see bookshelves stretch off, meaning the nature of any walls are unknown." Wow. I love this kind of thing.