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Suzzallo Library, Seattle. | Big, formal library reading rooms like this one are actually quite Basilica-like in the way that people move around them. Generally, people walk around it around the edges (aisles), only entering the center axis (nave) if they are going to take a photo or use the long reading tables. This processional circulation is now ingrained in most people. Walking right down the middle would be considered pretty rude and distracting!

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Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington: the stone stairs up to the undergraduate reading room are slightly worn by the feet of thousands upon thousands of students

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I'd spend hours browsing those books.../ I took my time because I loved the silence,/ the scrubbed, glimmering aisles, the smell of lemon wax,/ and the dust motes drifting through pillars of light/ like snow through synagogue windows in the Carpathians. -Michael Waters, from "Covert Street"

*sigh* I really miss Seattle. It's nice to be home, close to my family. But I really am excited for the day that Ahren and I can move back to the Northwest. I just love the look and feel out there. Hello, Seattle. ♥

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Tree Topper Some people have a star on their Christmas tree, some have an angel. Me? I have a Space Needle :) Christmas in Seattle, Washington #Christmas #holiday

The University of Washington's Suzzallo reading room. Photo by Daniel Steidman. (Note: Washington State has many other fine colleges and universities. This pinner doesn't much care.) (Go, Dawgs.)