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Blog entries on '23 March 2006'

Thursday 23 March 2006

Laurence Sterne in Cyberspace

Who doesn't like a bit of Sterne!? Laurence Sterne in Cyberspace is a linktastic site full of Sterne-stuff including a full text HTML version of Tristram Shandy and a Hyper-Concordance to the Works of Laurence Sterne. The site put me on to The Shandean ("an annual volume devoted to Laurence Sterne and his works") published by the Laurence Sterne Trust. Sadly (and stupidly) none of the articles from The Shandean are online! No matter - plenty of links to good reading at the Open Directory Project.

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Thursday 23 March 2006

Love libraries

Love libraries is "a campaign to get everyone excited about what public libraries can do for readers and how we can make them better" (via Bookglutton). Over 12 weeks, three libraries will be transformed into "models of a future library service with reading at its heart" and you can follow the progress of the facelifts to Coldharbour library, Newquay library and Richmond library via the Love libraries site.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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