Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

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"And you can be sure Brady will be seen in public with a homely librarian before he engages in any discussion about the difference between the receivers he was forced to work with last season and the ones he has now." Columnist BOB RYAN on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's avoidance of bad-mouthing his former teammates, Boston Globe, Oct. 15.

"Poetry and lyrics have populated William Parker's artistic pencil box since his boyhood days as a fixture at the Brooklyn Public Library. Alone amongst the stacks, he read voraciously, tying together a worldview from a multiplicity of cultural sources and translating it into verse." Jazz writer DEREK TAYLOR on Corn Meal Dance, the new album from bassist Parker's band Raining on the Moon, Bagatellen.com, Oct. 15.

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"I wonder if it's because of my late fees at the library." A young woman in a personals ad commercial wondering why a competitor website rejected her ad, Chemistry.com.

"There's nothing like a good attempted book banning to show there's still life in this society. It's a sign of how far along we are in this experiment with democracy. If you don't like something, you scream, but you don't issue fatwas on the authors. And in this world of change it is nice to know that some people still care enough about the written word to want to take books off the shelves." Columnist TOM BLACKBURN, "A Case for Literary Thou-Shalt-Nots," Cox News Service, Sept. 23.

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