Saturday, August 25, 2018


Library Woes

Robin Lane Fox, Augustine: Conversions to Confessions (New York: Basic Books, 2015), p. xiv:
I would have liked to thank the Bodleian Library after its many years as my working home, but it is no longer a pleasure to work on patristic authors in it after the upheavals imposed in 2013 and the breaking by the former Librarian...of the carefully planned link between pagan and Christian worlds which had underlain its lower reading rooms productively for many years. Research into Augustine now means crawling on hands and knees to find essential journals in a sub-basement, while the outer building publicizes newly built access points for the disabled. Recent major books on Augustine have gone unordered...
Hat tip: Laudator Junior, who gave me the book as a birthday present.

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