"I know exactly how that is. To love somebody who doesn’t deserve it. Because they are all you have. Because any attention is better than no attention. For exactly the same reason, it is sometimes satisfying to cut yourself and bleed. On those gray days where eight in the morning looks no different from noon and nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen and you are washing a glass in the sink and it breaks-accidentally-and punctures your skin. And then there is this shocking red, the brightest thing in the day, so vibrant it buzzes, this blood of yours. That is okay sometimes because at least you know you’re alive."
— Augusten Burroughs, Running with Scissors (via bookmania)
"Relying on many partner institutions, the library shuns what Dan Cohen, its executive director, calls an “imperial” model. It’s not meant to be a virtual equivalent of, say, the Library of Congress, a central storehouse for collections of images and texts. It’s not in the business of preservation. Instead the new digital library acts as a connector or superaggregator. It takes in millions of records of items held by libraries, museums, historical societies, and other cultural institutions across the country—more than 1,100 so far. Then it standardizes the records’ metadata and uses it to point searchers toward items relevant to their interests."
— Digital Library of America, 7-Month-Old Superaggregator - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
Won’t have it till next Monday at the earliest…will be taking a short break from posts this week loves.