In the Library

Our society’s fascination with cellphones and other distracting novelties was not born in the current Internet Age, but started with astrolabes and other scientific instruments in the Renaissance. These early technologies inspired the artists and writers who founded the humanities in the first place. What inventions did they think were vital for them to survive and for the arts to

While Mark Twain is remembered chiefly for his Mississippi River novels, it was The Innocents Abroad, published in 1869 and almost forgotten today, that made his reputation. No other book Twain wrote sold more copies than Innocents. On display at the New-York Historical Society through February 2, 2020, is a fascinating look at the young Twain on the eve of celebrity in

The Art of Three Faiths: A Torah, a Bible and a Qur’an is not merely an exhibition but represents the culmination of a thirty-five-year search for a Hebrew manuscript. As curators of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, we work with a rich collection of books written and decorated by hand from the Middle Ages,