The crying of lot 49 changes cabin fever to auction fever

Enemies of Reading March 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Weeks of snow and split-level fever made us want some relief from being perpetually indoors, like Purgatory dwellers. “Let’s go to an auction,” I growled to the wife last week. “Okay,” she barked back. And so we drove out to Alderfer Auctions in Lansdale. The sale didn’t start till 12 noon, a […]
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Eight years later the iPod’s still not out of the box

Enemies of Reading February 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore I went to a house sale in 2006 and found a bunch of blues CDs. A wall in the den held about 200 of them, all very good stuff – Broonzy, Lead Belly, nearly all the “Blinds,” Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt – a real all-star team of the blues. The guy […]
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Snowbound with a cache of old brown books, Part 1

Enemies of Reading February 20, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Our home is on a steep cul de sac. We get little traffic, and after a snowstorm we rarely see a city plow or salt truck. Last week’s storms left our neighborhood looking like the end of the world. Snow everywhere, and not a moving car to be seen. We accept our […]
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How time doth change our enemies

Enemies of Reading February 12, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore I began writing this column about books and reading seven years ago, in January of 2007. Much has changed in the world and in my life since then. This seems like a good time to explore both. My first “The Enemies of Reading” column was subheaded “On the Hundred Books Aspired-to-Yearly Club.” […]
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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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