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Aside from its beauty, for me, the most astonishing thing about this library was its lack of climate control. Here there were 200,000 books—really old and, I presume, varying degrees of really precious—books. And they just opened the windows and let the lovely moist breezes blow in. In a way, it made me feel as thought I’d stepped back in time. It was all so natural. But the books! How will they survive it? librorummeum:…

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animalstalkinginallcaps: SORRY, I WAS A MILLION MILES AWAY. SOMETIMES THE CRASH OF THE WAVES IS ALMOST LIKE A LANGUAGE, DON’T YOU THINK? WHISPERS, FULL OF THE SECRETS OF THE PAST, A CODE TO BE DECIPHERED. LIFE BEGAN IN THE SEA, AFTER ALL. WHAT MYSTERIES STILL LIE IN ITS DEPTHS? WHAT ANCIENT PUZZLES CRY OUT FOR SOLUTIONS, WOULD WE BUT LISTEN? SOMETIMES AT NIGHT I DREAM OF IT. THE OCEAN, I MEAN. DISSOLVING INTO IT, MERGING…

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