Requiem for a Bibliophile

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I went to see this amazing mixed media wall installation this afternoon. ┬áIt is part of a show called “Requiem for the Bibliophile” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara. This piece, by Nancy Gifford, is titled Lament, 2014. It is 10×32 feet and according to the explanation next to the piece “addresses many complexities about our relationship to physical books in the advent of the digital age….and conveys a reverential, elegiac ode to the printed book.” As a (soon to be retired) librarian and lifelong lover of books, I found it very moving.