of Iraq’s vast store of antiquities is, to put it mildly, heartbreaking. In particular, Robert Fisk’s description
of the destruction of the National Library and Archives and the Ministry of Religious Endowment’s Library of Korans is especially unsavoury for 'thing'-loving people everywhere. As a recent story noted, ‘the world’s first written words may have been lost forever
’. See also this prescient article
, written just a few days before the looting started.
UNESCO information on Iraq
Iraq architecture section
isn’t comprehensive, but there are still some evocative images there. The Great Mosque
at Samarra. Another gallery
and an official museum website
, before the sackings. See also the inevitable me-fi
thread, which packs in a good deal more than the above.
Of course, it isn’t necessarily the architecture – fragile, yet subjected to thousands of years of cumulative repairs and reconstruction – that has suffered most, but the ephemeral, fragile fragments of history – manuscripts, reliefs, books, letters. However, some six decades after the Second World War, the international community is still trying to untangle the various treasures looted
and scattered by the Nazis, so it's not surprising that no-one holds out much hope for Iraq's heritage.
Elsewhere, and on a lighter note. Taxi
magazine is a cunning ploy, a glossy combination of lifestyle and forecasting, all constructed around Getty Imagery’s admittedly sumptuous pictures (previews of issue 1
). However, each issue costs an eye-watering 25$, and many spreads are spoiled by that irritating imitation china pencil scrawl across the composition.
tooth vs natural