There is one part of the recent Falcon Heavy Rocket launch by SpaceX that seems to be a little under the radar. Inside Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster that is now roaming around the universe is a digital copy of Isaac Asimov's seminal Foundation Trilogy.
Created by the non-profit Arch Mission Foundation the Arch Library allows for massive data storage via quartz disks.
Here's their vision:
"To mitigate planetary risks, human data needs to be backed up in as many places as possible, both on Earth and off Earth. Space provides an ideal environment for data storage, yet also brings with it new challenges.
A large network of Arch™ Libraries (pronounced “Ark”) disseminated across the solar system will guarantee preservation of human data, no matter how much information humans create, for as long as the solar system exists.
The key to making this work is increasing the amount of data we can store per Arch™ Library, and disseminating Arch Libraries to...
Though her work is set in the heartland of America it was in New York City where Willa Cather lived off and on for most of her adult life.
In 1928 Willa Cather joined the New York Society Library and until her death in 1947, it is safe to say that she and her partner Edith Lewis were active library users.
Currently on view at NYSL is an exhibition showcasing the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s relationship to the Library and to the city.
The exhibit features a slew of lending cards that give us an inside look at Cather's reading life.
“I’m not sure themes or preferences emerge except that one is always aware of Cather’s questing, inquisitive mind and her intense interest in literature past and present. And what a mind!” says Harriet Shapiro, head of exhibitions at the NYSL
Also on view is an essay by Truman Capote describing his humorous meeting with Cather at the Library during a 1942 snowstorm, a selection of Cather first editions and...