Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


I am Intrigued

I am intrigued by Liz’s latest post over at “A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy.” What a curious article by Adam Kirsch of The New York Sun. I must admit it is very well-written. After reading how Mr. Kirsch lumps all bloggers together as resentful, inexperienced, isolated and disenfranchised, I thought perhaps it may have been written in the vein of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” For example, he must not be talking about me in his description of bloggers. I am a rather sunny, optimistic librarian who has some experience with literature and I just went to a soiree last week—so much for that isolation thing. He must be writing tongue in cheek for surely the quality of one’s writing is not entirely dependent on the premise that one is paid to write. Why, that would mean that all writers who receive a publisher’s check are good, just as surely as it means that there are no good undiscovered and unpaid writers laboring with a pen or pc in a cramped Manhattan studio apartment or in some small town off of the New Jersey Turnpike. And is writing not a solitary endeavor by nature, whether one is writing for a newspaper or a blog? After all in the most elemental form it is just a man or a woman sitting in front of a blank screen, or piece of paper, waiting for inspiration to strike. Of course, I suppose that it could also be a dog. I once owned a truly amazing German Shepherd dog that could have written the great American novel if only she could have learned to type. And what thoughts go on in the mind of the average housecat would surely make a scandalous bestseller. As for those poor talented book reviewers who are losing their jobs due to new technologies and changing interests, just as manufacturing workers have dealt with the same situation in decades past, perhaps they will find new audiences and appreciation via blogs or online newspapers. That is one of the charms of the Internet. I am also intrigued by Mr. Kirsch . Perhaps he is quite a darling and we should invite him out for a cocktail at ALA in D.C. I always enjoy good conversation with people who have opinions, whether I agree with them or not.


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