Before William Stoner the future lay bright and certain and unchanging. He saw it, not as a flux of event and change and potentiality, but as a territory ahead that awaited his exploration. He saw it as the great University library, to which new wings might be built, to which new books might be added and from which old ones might be withdrawn, while its true nature remained essentially unchanged. He saw the future in the institution to which he had committed himself and which he so imperfectly understood; he conceived himself changing in that future, but he saw the future itself as the instrument of change rather than its object.
This photo of a well-read Stoner, along with its staff pick slip, was sent into us by a librarian, so in honor of that, here’s Stoner himself thinking about the future as a great university library.
Do you have a picture of one of our books with coffee or tea (sometimes we’ll make an exception for a beer, even)? Send it to this address and we’ll post them here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).