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As someone who has worked in library systems/discovery for nearly ten years, I knew our systems had problems, but I generally thought they made the best of a bad situation. I’ve used academic libraries for three degrees, and in general, they were fine - they served their purpose. But I’ve...

Weil, Simone. On the Abolition of All Political Parties, New York: NYRB, 2014. Dick, Philip K. The Last Interview and Other Conversations, New York: Melville House, 2015. There are many ways that books can resonate with a reader, and most of them, I think are situational – reading the right...

Although I was never a member of the Canadian Library Association, I - along with many other people - had some criticisms of it. One my my main concerns was that while it officially endorsed intellectual freedom, its endorsement had - at least as far as I could see -...

Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time. New York: Vintage, 1963. Recently, in a Facebook exchange (on politics, of course), someone was ridiculed as a liberal for calling another person “unkind”, and I think there is something to this. To my mind liberals, just as much as conservatives, have things they...

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Poor Folk / The Gambler, translated by CJ Hogarth. London: Everyman, 1962. Since it’s the new year, I thought it would be a good plan to commit to writing a post for each book I finish this year. I’m a chronic leaver of books unfinished, but over the...