Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A moment of grace apart from the rest...

Today I was in two completely different libraries that sit right next door to each other,

This is the Beinecke, and those stacks to the right of frame are antiquarian books, rows and rows of them. The background squares in the wall that look like fire are solid stone worked in such a way that when the light hits them it gently filters through and gives that effect. The building's 50 years old. Heart-stoppingly beautiful.

And this is the reading room for the Yale Law Library. It was built around 1930, during the beginnings of the Great Depression. Italian craftsmen toiled here. Almost gives the Long Hall at Trinity College in Dublin a run for its money.

Even the outside is amazing.

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