The Value of Libraries

28 January 2011 at 08:27 Leave a comment

I love this story. It explodes the idea that some threshold of use is what makes a free lending library valuable. In theory, those in favor of scrapping the Quaker library could have argued that Dr. King had already encountered Gandhi when he stopped through the library, and certainly he would encounter him again. Having a book with his signature, they might have said, was a nice memento of his stop at the meetinghouse, but did not demand the preservation of an entire library that he and others had left mostly untouched. But they didn’t argue this.

Nick, I Love Franklin Ave.

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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 3 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 4 years ago

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I am a misanthrope. No one ever believes me, but this seems to prove my point.

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