Flashing a square-shaped piece of cardboardapreferably with a splash of colorawill usually suffice to get into this massive library full of every academic book you could possibly need. The reference rooms, which have leather upholstered doors, old wooden tables, and not an inch of un-booked wall, are usually populated by sleeping undergrads, but there are plenty of less obvious places to read. Check out the 12 floors of stacksaaccessible by mini-elevator and sized for a small, say, four-and-a-half-foot, teen.
Seldom are artists named so aptly as Edward Gorey. His illustrations slither and creep into macabre territory, even for such seemingly innocuous subjects as the ABCs. (“X is for Xerxes, devoured by mice.”) Columbia University’s Rare Book and... More »