i just wanted to share that two years ago today, i was at the british library. my journal entry for that day is simply a list. i saw the codex sinaiticus, the gutenberg bible, the lindisfarne gospels. i saw haydn’s publishing contract, handel’s messiah, and elgar’s third symphony. there were doodles in the margins. i saw jane austen’s writing desk, the small portable one. i saw globes made in 1621 and a map of “longe isleland” dated 1664 and i saw the magna carta.
all of the history, the literature, the language in that one room. the mind reels. i might have cried, i can’t remember, but i can safely say it was one of the best days of my life.