This week’s articles cover topics including: a profile on the new Librarian of Congress, books and libraries in unexpected places, an ultimate thriller reading list, and more!
My favorite bookish links from the week of February 20 – 24:
“A micro-history of cultural gatekeeping: once told by the censors what we may read, then by critics what we should, we are now told merely what we can read. What could it mean to say that a novel is able to be read? Composed of words that you can pass your eyes over one after another and comprehend? “Readable,” like “drinkable,” seems almost an insult: this book isn’t good, but you’ll be able to finish it.”
The Ultimate Thriller List from the New York Public Library
“All thrillers are suspenseful, compelling, and intensifying, but the genre runs both broad and deep. We present here, a list of thrillers we recommend. We categorized them to illustrate the many variations on the Thriller genre.”
Finding Books in the Least Expected Places Around L.A.
“In cafes and bars, skate shops and co-working spaces, books are popping up everywhere in Los Angeles — and as more than just decor.”
The Librarian of Congress and the Greatness of Humility
“The values of Dr. Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first person of color in the position, can be seen in every aspect of the institution she runs.”
From Trains To Tanks: More Libraries in Unexpected Places
“…libraries aren’t just staid, immobile buildings (as awesome as those buildings can be). They’re found all over—from horseback to donkey-back, from vending machines to supermarket shelves.”