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How to Load a Bookshelf

Some light reading for a bright Monday:

Alan Macfarlane, the Cambridge anthropologist-historian, provides Fortnightly readers with a novel way to stack books – by “imagining what it would be like to be a future archaeologist digging through the rubble of our civilization and finding a library.”

On the top shelf: Plato, Aquinas, Bacon, Abelard, maybe Bonaventure – and Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah?

Denis BoylesDennis Boyles is a writer, editor, former university lecturer, and the author/editor of several books of poetry, travel, history, criticism, and practical advice, including Superior, Nebraska (2008), Design Poetics (1975), ...


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