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A New Digital Library of Alexandria: Mark II June 14, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
A New Digital Library of Alexandria: Mark II

When Beach was a strapping young man he had heart-felt, thought-out views on everything from abortion to zoophilia. By now in very advanced middle age there are only a couple of things that really get him going: and one of these is the digitalisation of humanity’s books; the possibility, in short, of making all knowledge […]

Google Burns the Library at Alexandria May 28, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
Google Burns the Library at Alexandria

Imagine a visit to the universal library: a building in which all books, manuscripts, scrolls, rolls and tablets from all civilisations and all ages have been placed next to each other on shelves running for tens and tens of miles. When Borges and others wrote about this fabulous place in generations past theirs was only […]

Rant: Lost Works, Mary Beard and ‘the Survival of the Fittest’ November 3, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
Rant: Lost Works, Mary Beard and 'the Survival of the Fittest'

‘Mary Beard’, ‘Mary Beard’..: even now, twenty years on from the beginning of Beachcombing’s infatuation (naturally unfulfilled), the words are enough to send a lightening bolt into that blogger’s overstrained central cortex. Beachcombing still remembers seeing Mary’s swan-like body for the first time, in the reading room at the UL: indeed, Beachcombing trembled as Britain’s most beautiful […]