Month: November 2014

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

 

– T.S. Eliot

 

Arts and Crafts comfort

Arts and Crafts style, the handcrafted tradition so popular in the early 20th century, has made a comeback in the last 10 years with its horizontal lines, medieval craftsmanship, and homespun comfort. Derivative designs are now everywhere, but if you…

The big Daddy of all libraries

Storage has always been a problem at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Ever since it started collecting books in the early 19th century and became the depository of every copyrighted book in the United States, it has been running out…

Shakespeare’s American home

For all things Shakespeare in England, scholars and devotees go to Stratford-Upon-Avon or London (see The Shakespeare Globe experience). But in the United States, they come to Washington, DC, to the Folger Shakespeare Library, situated behind the Library of Congress. A gift…

Washington walkabout

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, I discovered it to be a very walkable city. Laid out in a radial system in the early 1800s, the wide, ample avenues crisscross each other making it easy to find one’s bearings. Even…