Sunday, December 06, 2015

A wise quote about nostalgia when things are on the edges of extinction

Even though I didn't fully read this review of a book about the cultural history of libraries, the opening paragraph is a keeper:

"We are intrinsically nostalgic animals for whom mourning is a form of recognition. Our preferred genre is the elegy. As long as something remains obviously present, we pay little attention to it, but as soon as we believe that it’s fading away, we feel irresistibly attracted to the ruins"

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