I am working on a series of six vignettes. Miniature library scenes from movies, television and literature. This one is a combination of scenes from the Twilight Zone episode called "Time Enough at Last". A bookish bank teller just wants to be left alone to read, so he locks himself in the vault every lunch hour to do just that. While in there one day, a nuclear bomb deccimates the world outside. Safe inside the vault, he is spared. After wandering around in the aftermath, he encounters books tumbled down the public library steps. He exclaims "time enough at last"...
Borrowed Time / Borrowed Books – vignettes of iconic libraries in miniature
Are books disappearing? Or is the importance of books disappearing? Some people are proud of the fact they don’t read books, or even much of anything.
Is time disappearing? We surely seem to run out of it or LOSE it a lot. Where does it go? It doesn’t fly.
Books slow that feeling down, squelch that feeling of lost time. They calm, they educate, they clarify, they create symbiotic worlds in which we can learn about ourselves, others, the past, the future…endless possibilities.
Libraries - a place of mystery, fear, excitement, joy, sadness, or punishment…
Books provide the guided details while our own minds complete the picture. We are thinking. Nowadays we are given too much and our ability to process the information is diminished. Bombarded with noise. Everything is spelled out and we are practically told what to think when we hook ourselves up to the electronic or televised world...
Libraries are the opposite, places of calm and travel beyond the wildest imagination.
There is NO limit
Don’t let these invaluable places and objects disappear. They inform the future and remind us of the past…good or bad.