readings

British Library, redux

Last week I had a curiously psychogeographical day in London. It was also curiously satisfying. First, I went to get a readers card for the British Library. When I first came to London, in 1985, I also went and got myself a readers card. Back then, the British Library was in the round room in...

Patti Smith in Ethiopia

I’m reading Patti Smith’s bio, Just Kids: “One afternoon I fell asleep on the floor amid my piles of books and papers, reentering the familiar terrain of a recurring apocalyptic dream … I plowed through revolution and despair and found, rooted in the treachery of the withered trees, a rolled leather case. And in that...