… is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” – Khalil Gibran
The photo is of a commemorative plaque and sculpture on the Simon Fraser University campus, dedicated to Khalil Gibran. Incredibly wise words (located approximately halfway up the plaque above).
The architecture at SFU is evocative. It inspires double-takes and depression. Yeah, you heard me. Depression. It’s probably because it’s mostly concrete, which is grey, and at the top of a mountain, so it’s often covered in clouds that only exacerbate the grey-ness.
But it also inspires those double-takes. The “tunnel” above is a walkway leading from the Academic Quadrangle, featured in a photo two days ago, to the W.A.C. Bennett Library, featured in yesterday’s photo. During a sunny day, it is lit in all kids of angled lines and the light keeps shifting as the sun moves through the day. The entire Convocation Mall, the area you can see ahead through the tunnel, is lit in strange angles. At the right time of day, the shadows and light look like they were designed by M.C. Escher. Awe-inspiring.
I am a bibliophile.
I like books. No. I love books. I have books in my collection that I’ve not read yet. There are a few books that I’m really proud of owning: Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, a copy from the first printing with dust jacket; the Philip Pullman trilogy, much to the chagrin of some of my friends at church; the entire Bone collection; a former estate collection (donated to the MCC) of hardcover Harvard Classics that include Don Quixote and Crime and Punishment.
I love the smell of old books. I love the smell of libraries. I love sitting in the stacks and perusing, not glancing, through books to see if I’m interested. I could lose hours in bookstores and libraries.
I am a bibliophile.
There’s nothing like a bit of rest and reflection to get ready. I don’t know for what you need to get ready, but this would be a pretty nice place to rest and reflect.
Oh, and the reflecting? There was no pun intended.
This is what it looks like when I arrived at SFU yesterday morning. I have to arrive, to mark exams, between 7:30 and 7:45 in the morning, as we start marking at 8:00. With the incredible weather we’re currently enjoying here in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, the sunrises are gorgeous.
Well, I guess you might have already guessed that.
Enjoy your Sunday!