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Happy 50th Anniversary, J. Willard Marriott Library!“To erect a great library in the year 1968 is an act of stubborn and sassy faith.” — Wallace Stegner, from his dedication address for the opening of the J. Willard Marriott Library...

“Now sprigs are pricked by bursting buds, and threading the trees the wind’s weft skittles, drops and spurts again, rubbing along the ground to tease old leafings of skittering litter, scratching swirl…Between bettling sky and buxom earth — a mazed and frilling lightning flash! The eye bleaches and goes black. A far-off...

“The white-haired Ziusudra gazes dreaming out to sea. Above his white head, the tall palms dream also, Undulating slowly the green indolence of their leaves. The old man remembers Long days, long since, when he watched other waves Heaving like these, heaving onward eternally, Yet never breaking On any earthly shore; For earth...