Friday, April 19, 2019

Daily Thoughts 04/19/2019

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Atelier of the Boxes, Circa 1340-1360, During the Middle Ages, paper and parchment were expensive, and many people took advantage of less permanent forms of written communication. One side of an ivory tablet was coated with wax; then a message was incised in the wax with a stylus (which looks like a large pin) and protected by an ivory lid. The little box would be sent to the recipient, who smoothed the wax and responded. The sliding cover depicts three ladies in the town, looking over its walls at two embracing couples seen to the left. The bottom of the box shows the same town at greater distance, a tent with two more lovers, a hawking expedition, and a hermit reading outside his rustic cell. Several writing boxes are known from the same, otherwise unidentified workshop.

Daily Thoughts 04/19/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Map of Knowledge.  It is interesting reading about how the different groups of scholars interact in medieval Today.  There are Jews, Arabs, Mozarabs, and Catholics who all are working with classical books.

I checked the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

Web Bits

Working as a Librarian Gave me Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

Library of Congress Celebrates 200 Years of Walt Whitman

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