If my last column filled you with any sort of rage, then may I cheerfully offer you this (also via Neil Gaiman’s blog) to mellow you out: a collection of pictures of the world’s grandest libraries, courtesy of Curious Expeditions.
Here’s a couple of samples to whet your appetite:
Biblioteca Angelica, Rome, Italy
Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany
Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Paris, France
More relaxing than any herbal bath in my estimation.