How time doth change our enemies

Enemies of Reading | February 12th, 2014 | Leave a comment

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 29th, 2014 | Leave a comment

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 23rd, 2014 | Leave a comment

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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