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The Library as an Ecosystem

I like to think we run an open door policy in our library in Norfolk. That is to say, on warm days in summer the door to the garden is actually open. Anyone’s welcome to come in for a browse. Last summer a stoat wandered in, peered dismissively at the modest shelf of my own titles, sniffed about under my desk and then ambled out. Most Julys the house ants – here long before us and so given due respect – pour out from alarming new holes in the floor, march along the tops of my editions of Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne, and shuffle in a lost and desultory way about the carpet, seeming uninterested in getting outdoors for their nuptial flights. But while I fret about the continuance of their ancient lineage, the culling is already under way. Next through the door come the bolder blackbirds and robins, hoovering them up in front of the shelves. Continue reading

February 2016

Back to College. Posing in Cannes, 1962.

Back to College. Posing in Cannes, 1962.

How it all might have turned out differently… In Cannes, 1963, just before I dropped the hired 16mm Bolex camera in the Mediterranean, trying to film starlets on the beach in lieu of flamingos in the Camargue.