Archive for May, 2009

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Closing the Book: Anathem

May 4, 2009

Book Cover: Neal Stephenson's AnathemWith the mixed feelings of sadness and accomplishment that typically comes with finishing an engrossing (and challenging) novel, I closed the back cover this weekend on Neal Stephenson’s Anathem. I’m astonished still by how well Stephenson was able to weave extended discussions of philosophy, theology and even geometry into a narrative that gains an unstoppable head of steam — all within a world textured with the rhythms of thousands of years civilization and inhabited by real people I came to care about.

Highly recommended.

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Reading Room at the British Museum

May 4, 2009

I spent some time at my local library branch the other day, and it reminds me of how these spaces foster curiosity, questions and, at times, even a dazzling sense of wonder. That was how I felt when I walked into the Reading Room at the British Museum a few years ago (below, drawn from a blog post I posted at the time)…

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