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now I know what heaven looks like

October 8th, 2008 (08:26 pm)

via FARK: Jesus FUCK.

It's fashionable, especially in times of economic difficulty, to curse the rich: money accretes, like a snowball, especially when you have enough of it to roll on its own; and so the rich (especially the stupidly rich) get ever richer and the rest of us go on waiting for the light, or going without the meat, or cursing the bread, as the man says, and sometimes it's a struggle just to swim a little bit along. And it gets even worse when they do stupid, pointless, even destructive things with their glorious wealth; the cultural damage caused by Paris Hilton alone is incalculable, enough to make even the most hidebound conservative feel a little wistful about the French Revolution.

And yet -- I frigging *love* stupidly rich people. Because the more they have, and the more of them there are, the better the chance that at least a few of them will, from time to time, do something insanely awesome. Like decide to start a private space program. Or say, "yeah, it's costing the company at least a million dollars a day just in bandwidth costs, but this YouTube thing is neat; let's keep it running for a while." Or just build a private library.

Jay Walker, I salute you.


Posted by: madripoor_rose (madripoor_rose)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)

My word, that is one gorgeous library.

Posted by: beatrice_otter (beatrice_otter)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)

Someone else on my flist noted this with the headline "Library Pron." It really is, isn't it?

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)

One of the things I've enjoyed most over my travels is to visit the old libraries often housed in many of the great European houses. Great rooms, full of books, maps, curiosities from the surrounding countryside or beyond. These rooms are like little slices of heaven. This tradition died out in America (the Vanderbilts were the last I can think of who had a LIBRARY like the old ones), and we forget that this used to be the norm for The Rich to have.

This library looks like some of those... on a much grander scale.


Posted by: beamjockey (beamjockey)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)

You may want to add the calendars these people peddle to your Christmas list. Or give them to other bibliophiles.

Renaissance Library poster

Posted by: amore_di_libri (amore_di_libri)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)

I'm in love. Man loves juxtapositions as much as I do.

Posted by: he done gone. (quigonejinn)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
crack QUEEN rhod

Yeah. Daf basically described it as the library that steampunk Tony would have. I think I was too busy drooling into my keyboard to respond.

Posted by: Elleria (elleria)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)

I now have a puddle of drool on my desk. Wow...if I could ever go there I'd think I'd died and gone to heaven. And if I ever get stupidly rich I'd build me a room like that.

Posted by: PROBE UNIVERSE (liviapenn)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
dc: that's hot (selina approves!)

Jay Walker, I salute you.

I second that, except by "I salute you," I actually mean "Do me. Right here, right now, under the Sputnik."

Posted by: nehrlich (nehrlich)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)

Other cool things that make me think it's okay to have rich people:

  • The Frick Collection - Henry Clay Frick may have been a robber baron, but holy mackerel, the art collection and house it inhabits are beautiful.
  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium - run by the daughter of David Packard (of Hewlett Packard)
  • The Stanford Theater - Packard's son loves old movies, so he renovated this Palo Alto theater (with a Wurlitzer organ), and cleans up old prints so that everybody can share his love.

So, yeah, if all rich people did cool things like that, the world would be a better place.

Posted by: Don't call me Shirley (dorothy1901)
Posted at: October 9th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)

It's like a dream, one of those incredibly great dreams where everything you want is right there. It's dazzling.

Posted by: •• the years oƒ living ∂angerously happy •• (nightengale)
Posted at: November 25th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)

Very belatedly coming to this post, I can't even focus on a single item to be thrilled with! It's all so wonderful. The juxtapositions are perhaps the best part of it! And I also have to salute you, right after I salute Jay Walker, because you quoted Edward Arlington Robinson in a post about the same kind of glitteringly amazing wealth that Cory possesses. Reflexive and delicious.

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