Friday, May 28, 2010

Great Libraries of the World, #1

A beautiful place full of books I'll never be able to read:

Nordic House, Alvar Aalto architect, Reykjavík, 2009

By Professor Batty


Blogger Chris Albertson said...

There was a time when Iceland printed more books per capita than any other country. I wonder if that is still so.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

I know that was true in 2006. Mals og Menningar had dozens of local titles. In 2009 I didn't see so many, although Eymundsson's had a brand new large bookstore on Skólavörðustigur- with a coffee house that overlooked the jail!

Blogger Chris Albertson said...

Thanks. I suppose losing that status was just a matter of time, although I would imagine that printed books are on the decline everywhere. Here in the U.S., it seems that every politician, taking head and social misfit eventually has to write at least one book. Regular TV exposure seems to mandate an annual publication. Will these prolofic scribes go wholly digital?

As for that jail, it was usually empty back in my Iceland days. They said that the occasional "guest" often had a cell key.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

I'll have a follow up on the jail next week!

Anonymous Niranjana said...

"A beautiful place full of books I'll never be able to read."

That sounds like my definition of hell.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Nirajana ~ Well, I could look at the pictures!

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