In the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians
Overlook Press, 2002 - Fiction - 268 pages
Libraries are created worlds. Row upon row of shelves holding miles and miles of books arranged meticulously down to the last decimal point, they combine the glories of a tale out of the Arabian Nights with the hidden terrors of an ordered, card-filed bureaucracy from Kafka. That the books within libraries contain terrors and pleasures aplenty has been a source of delight since before the Great Library of Alexandria, and for many budding writers and bookworms the public library off Main Street was the magic portal to new worlds.
In In the Stacks, noted librarian Michael Cart has assembled the cream of twentieth century short fiction about libraries and librarians. They range from such classics as Isaac Babel's "The Public Library" to Jorge Luis Borges's tale about a library stretching into infinity ("The Library of Babel"), to such contemporary masters as Ray Bradbury ("Exchange"), Alice Munro ("Hard Luck Stories"), Francine Prose ("Rubber Life"), Nikki Giovanni ("The Library"), and others. Lunacy, love, obsession and the joy of reading are all gathered together in a volume most readers-and librarians of course-would agree is long overdue.
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Dang. I hate artsy-fartsy Literature. The characters are neurotic, cruel, confused, hypocritical, hypercritical, and whiny. And they drink too much. I thought a whole collection of stories about ... Read full review
Gina Berriault's "Who Is It Can Tell Me Who I Am" is a gem, a nuanced portrait of a librarian's response to a difficult patron.
Introduction by Michael Cart
A General in the Library
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