Alexander Pushkin´s autograph on Eugene Onegin (2nd canto) 1820.
My Library by Tom Gauld
"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business."
— Henry David Thoreau
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
83 years ago, Arturo Toscanini, one of the greatest composers of all time, was injured by a group of fascists for refusing to play their anthem Giovinezza.
He was conducting a memorial concert for Italian composer Giuseppe Martucci, at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. When he was ordered to begin by playing Giovinezza, he refused, even though the fascist foreign minister Galeazzo Ciano was in the audience. Afterwards he was, in his own words, “attacked, injured and repeatedly hit in the face” by a group of blackshirts. Mussolini, incensed by the conductor’s refusal, had his phone tapped, placed him under constant surveillance and confiscated his passport. The passport was returned only after a world outcry over Toscanini’s treatment. On the outbreak of WWII, Toscanini left Italy. He returned seven years later to conduct a concert at the restored La Scala Opera House, which was destroyed during the war… (more)
"World outcry"…everyone who questions the value of using #BringBackOurGirls should see this.
Manuscript of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.
Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway was published 89 years ago. Download the book here: http://goo.gl/Zq0uz.
Another example of a handwritten manuscript
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With the advent of computers everything has become more and more conceptual and we’ve lost touch with the realm of the tactile. Calligraphy is a way of getting back in touch… — Jean-Louis Cohen, quoted in this mini-documentary about how French schools teach handwriting (via austinkleon)