Bookless libraries and other sordid tales, Conclusion

Enemies of Reading January 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore The largest libraries in the world are the British Library (151,000,000 items); the Library of Congress (about the same, 22,000,000 of which are books); the New York Public Library (53,000,000); the Russian State Library (44,000,000) and the National Library of Russia (37,000,000). All of them are overcrowded, understaffed, and under-budgeted. In the […]
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Bookless libraries and other sordid tales, Part 2

Enemies of Reading January 23, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Last week this column introduced the topic of what the media have come to call “bookless libraries.” That phrase, especially when used in headlines, conveys such a contradiction in terms it grabs attention right away. The words don’t just puzzle people – they arouse almost immediate fear and resentment. Among people who […]
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Bookless libraries and other sordid tales, Part 1

Enemies of Reading January 16, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore A lot of hype and hysteria surround the issue of “bookless” libraries, but the fact remains that libraries as we know them are going to change dramatically in coming years. Some of the current resistance to the idea is rational, but most of it is sentimental. That sounds harsh, but it’s true. […]
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Readers Roundup: Our readers share their 2013 favorites, Part 2

Enemies of Reading January 8, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore We asked our readers to tell us about the books they “most enjoyed” this year. In this way we hope to boost some deserving titles that might be neglected by the usual “year’s-best” lists. Mt. Airy’s Susan Bockius, design consultant for Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, wrote to say, “Hello Hugh, I enjoyed your […]
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Readers Roundup: Our readers share their 2013 favorites. Part 1

Enemies of Reading December 31, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore We asked our readers to tell us about the books they “most enjoyed” this year. As usual, we received a variety of responses – including a passionate statement about a book one reader did not like at all. Most of the books were published recently, but a few were rediscoveries of nearly […]
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Finding your creative self in the New Year

Enemies of Reading December 27, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Is there some way in which you’re hoping to live a more creative life next year? Hoping to express yourself? Begin wood sculpting, or quilting, or writing a novel or memoir? Writing songs? Are you hoping to lead an authentic life, one where you follow your personal star and not passively allow […]
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Man bites dog, or So long, Facebook, Part 2

Enemies of Reading December 19, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Since the February 2004 launching of the social networking service known as Facebook, it has grown to become much more than just a friendship enhancer. Thousands of people with a product to sell also have a presence on Facebook. The message today seems to be: Get your product’s name lit up in […]
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Man bites dog, or so long, Facebook, Part 1

Enemies of Reading December 12, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore The online social networking service known as Facebook was launched on Feb. 4, 2004. Within the year, more than a million people had signed up to use the website. Facebook quickly became an integral part of world social media culture and today is available in about 70 different languages. The corporation, now […]
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How to be fascinating at Thanksgiving dinner

Enemies of Reading November 28, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore If you’ve picked up this newspaper on Thanksgiving Day, you’re probably seeking relief from the sight of your relatives, the smell of allspice and the sound of televised football. You’re pretending you’re just curious about this local news-rag because the kitchen is too steamy and the living room is full of people. […]
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Donating my skull(s) to science, Part 3 (conclusion) why old folks seem confused

Enemies of Reading November 20, 2013 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore I’d never held a human skull in my hands until Dr. Alan Mann casually tossed me one in my first physical anthropology lab. I was shocked by his casualness. I knew this skull I held was now the text and tool of my new trade, but it had also once been home […]
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