How the World Sees Us

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How the World Sees Us


"I've never read The Chocolate War, but complaining about nudity in a novel that contains no pictures is like complaining about there being too much sound in a sandwich."

Writer AMELIE GILLETTE, writing about ALA's Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books list, where The Chocolate War ranked 10th in 2009, "Parents Still Hate The Catcher in the Rye," The Onion A.V. Club, Apr. 15.

"You drive for miles across a godforsaken Midwestern scrubscape, pockmarked by billboards, Motel 6s, and a military parade of food chains when--like some pedagogical mirage dreamed up by nineteenth-century English gentlemen-there appears ... a library!"

New York University professor TONY JUDT expounding on the wonders of the American university system, "America, My New-Found-Land," New York Review of Books, May 27.

"We're now three decades into the personal-computer revolution, and you'd think that by this point these devices would be as easy to operate as a toaster. Yet think about how much trouble it is to use a PC: the weird freezes and glitches and crashes, the shutting down and waiting for the thing to boot back up, the hassles connecting to printers and networks. It's nuts."

Technology writer DANIEL LYONS, Newsweek, May 10.

"It is pure hullabaloo, millions in advertising canceling itself out by sheer overload, and one block away is beautiful Bryant Park and the serene reading rooms of the New York Public Library, where, for all you know, the scholarly gentleman across the table from you may be studying the art of explosives. It's a free country."

Humorist GARRISON KEILLOR commenting on "The Incompetent Bomber" who tried to blow up Times Square May 1, in his syndicated column, May 5.

"I feel grateful that I am able to help people have a more pleasant search experience."

SUNMEE HUH, 16-year-old high school honor student from Germantown, Maryland, on why she created Good50.com, an elder-friendly search engine designed with her 82-year-old grandfather in mind, AARP: The Magazine, Apr. 2010.

"If you sit in the library after school, text-messaging to people across the room ("Hey, whassup? RUOK?:-) L8R"), you've successfully eliminated 98% of the nuance of face-to-face dialogue, the delicious nuance and also the awkward stuff, like when you send a big textual hug ("((H))") to people you've never actually put your arms around--you've skipped some essential steps in gaining intimacy. …

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