Thursday, March 24, 2005

Grace, wit, yes ... but calm?

People see libraries in different ways. Here's what Germaine Greer says:

"Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed."

Okay, our library may not always be orderly and calm - it's usually pretty noisy around 8 pm - but I'll take "resevoir of strength."


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