The New Inquiry is proud to announce that Reanimation Library, the project of our contributor and friend Andrew Beccone, will be temporarily relocated to New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the Print/Out exhibition, part of Print Studio from January 23 until March 9.
Join us for the Library’s opening reception on Thursday, February 2, 6:00-9:00p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Reserve tickets here.
The Revolution That Wasn’t
by Matt Pearce
“I am not a hero. I was only using the keyboard, Mona, on the internet, I never put my life in danger, the real heroes are the ones on the ground. … This revolution belonged to the internet youth, then the revolution belonged to the Egyptian youth, then the revolution belonged to all of Egypt. It has no hero, no one should steal its thunder, we are all heroes.”
—Wael Ghonim, Google executive and an architect of Egypt’s January 25 revolution; interview (in Arabic) on Dream TV, February 7, after release from imprisonment
November 20, 2011
They were doing it for dignity, they were doing it for Egypt, they did it for their sons and daughters and the wives they didn’t have yet, they did it for the hell of it, they did it because Fuck the Police, they did it just to do it in the street where everybody else was doing it: These mostly young men, wrapped in dark jackets and keffiyehs, breaking up sidewalks with poles and small boulders to create more ammunition to throw at the state security forces with frightening, insane confidence. They did it because it was now November and no longer January, they did it because they wanted their revolution back, they did it because they’d gotten used to doing it and had sworn they’d do it again.
They’d been throwing rocks since afternoon after setting a police truck afire and had gotten quite organized by the time I arrived at Tahrir Square after midnight. Self-appointed watchmen banged on the metal railings to warn where there was imminent danger, which seemed like it was almost everywhere, and volunteers lined up with vinegar and solution to purge the tear gas from stinging eyes and lungs as medical staff organized field hospitals to handle the wounded, whose numbers had already reached the hundreds. They’d seen this all before, after all. They were men of the square, there to fight and perhaps to die, and if they were to die, they already knew how they would go about it.
We’re proud to announce that Michael Seidenberg, our friend, reader and all-purpose sage, is featured today as part of Etsy’s documentary series “Handmade Portraits.” (Read the whole post on Etsy).
From The New Inquiry’s foundational text, Lewis Hyde’s, The Gift:
For the slow labor of realizing a potential gift the artist must retreat to those Bohemias, halfway between the slums and the library, where life is not counted by the clock and where the talented may be sure they will be ignored until that time, if it ever comes, when their gifts are viable enough to be set free and survive in the world.
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Reanimation Library Online
"It’s not Jay or Conan. It’s Us." by David Carr. (c) January 17, 2010. The New York Times.
The Reanimation Library is a small, independent Presence Library open to the public at 143 Union St. in Brooklyn, NY. It is a collection of books that have fallen out of routine circulation and been acquired for their visual content. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles, and given new life as a resource for artists, writers, cultural archeologists, and other interested parties.
For nearly a year, The Reanimation Library has been a destination and resource to the editors of TNI (as seen in the occasional series, “Lost & Found”), which is why we are thrilled to announce its availability to all readers at www.reanimationlibrary.org.
Search the catalog for bizarre and astonishing visual finds.
Some of our favorites are:
Encyclopedia of Computers and Electronics (1983):
Introducing Hairdressing (1946):
The Wonders of Living Things (1943):
You can browse more images here.
The library continues to seek out collaborative situations with likeminded individuals and organizations. If you are interested in working with the library on a project, please contact library founder Andrew Beccone: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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-Editors, The New Inquiry
RE: newspapers and late-night TV didn’t change, we did
as the times prepares to try yet again to cowboy its readers back in the fee-for-service corral, has sulzberger, jr. taken time to read david carr’s (excellent) column in his own newspaper? i reluctantly, stupidly paid for the times’ last foray down this trail. at that time, it lost and stopped trying to herd cats. but it didn’t refund my remaining subscription fee. i won’t forget that lesson. i’ve already stopped reading the WSJ and the WaPo, and i’m perfectly content with that state of affairs. more than content, actually. i get my news and commentary from MANY sources now, not just a department store. most content is at last free. department stores of all kinds continue to badly bleed share of market.
earth to junior.
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