Posted by: Corri van de Stege | April 3, 2009

Some more on the different worlds….

On the move again, his time to NATO meetings in France, the Michelle / Carla meeting to be precise.

 Have a look at this and let me know what you think.  I must say I quite enjoy this diversion into some further side issues.  And yes, the fashion is fascinating.


Back to books:  this is very interesting, in today’s Guardian:  It’s Mark Lawson pondering the longevity of authors: ‘more printed pages of poetry and fiction by Larkin have appeared since his death than during his lifetime’.    In other words, books survive, fashion usually doesn’t… whatever Michelle and Carla think.  Actually, I don’t think Michelle is that bothered, she’s really having a good time as far as I can see.

‘An ageing author is haunted by the admonitory examples of those who set down their pens long before the laid down their lives – EM Forster, Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin – and others who were perhaps unwise to keep feeding the librariers…’ Lawson muses.

Talking about libraries: this was a project I actually worked on some of the approaches to using the library differently: the changing face of libraries, skills, employment, educational use etc:  The new library of Birmingham


Have a look and let me know what you think about this new approach to using libraries.   Oh yes, and the design was one by Dutch architects, so I’m quite chuffed that indirectly I have contributed to a part Dutch project here in England…



  1. I’m all about having a plethora of natural light at the library. The new library at Birmingham looks very modern and sleek.

  2. Love that library – who knew that Birmingham was so cool? (My grandfather was born there so I would like to visit one of these days.) As for Michelle and Carla, I think they’re both fashionable but then my sense of fashion isn’t exactly up-to-date.

  3. This library project is wonderful. Not only is the architecture stunning, but I think it’s terrific that they are willing to redefine part of the experience, to look at what the community needs.

    I think Michelle Obama is so terrific, and I think she has fun with her clothes in that confident way of someone who knows how to dress herself but probably has her mind on a great many more things than fashion.

  4. You’re so right about Michelle having fun. And it is a pleasure to have a family in the White House again – more balance in many ways.
    I am so enjoying your entries about bnooks and writing. I really think I need to get to a conference or some/any other gathering where writers are convening. Oh, for the Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel in NYC!

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