June 14th, 2006


(no subject)

That college library at NotreDame was a fine place.  For some reason I was allowed, though only a high schoool student. to go wandering in the stacks.  (The whole ID system so pervasive and total had only just begun). 

Like the libraries herein described, it was full of antiquites, still persisting on the shelves.  All you had to do was find the Dewey Decimal area that held the books you loved and you had Fafner's treasure all around you to gloat over.

I have to confess though.  The heart of man is desperately wicked.  I said I wanted to be a stage designer, and my vision of the possibilities of stage design was bound up in the 1920s mostly, though I didn't really grasp this timebound quality.  In one big Italian-language encycopedia of theater in many volumes -- now why would they have had such a thing? -- I found an unbelievable treasure:  a color plate reproducing a design for Wagner's Parsifal by the Swiss designer Adolf Appia.  Wagner and Appia were two of my heroes (though I had not yet ever seen a live opera).  I tugged at the page.  It seemed evident it would come away easily.  No one was in the cool summer reading room.  I pulled it out, and tucked it in my bag, or in another book I had, I forget. 

I'm putting up an Appia design for Parsifal which looks pretty tame now. Not the one I FOund it in a second on Google.  Which brings me back to libraries and the Internet, the topic I meant to discuss.