Monday, October 31, 2011

[Hannah]: British journalist Caitlin Moran on the library

A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead. A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a customer with a credit card and an inchoate “need” for “stuff”.

A mall – the shops – are places where your money makes the wealthier wealthy. But a library is where the wealthy’s taxes pay for you to become a little more extraordinary instead. A satisfying reversal. A balancing of the power.


At 8:45 PM, Blogger Chapel Hill Fiddler said...

Love it! Never heard of her.

At 7:01 PM, Blogger novelera said...

Excellent point about libraries. I plan to send this on to all my bookie friends.


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