Wednesday, July 24, 2013
places to find books
Despite the impending death of print, I predict that libraries will still be important in the future. The dispersed knowledge and trash on the internet is impressive, but it has no Place. Let me repeat that: The internet is not a Place--it is not even a Space. A dimensionless entity like the internet confounds our brains. We seek the serenity of a landscape where we can get our bearings and have our choices limited to what we can understand, or can be on the verge of understanding.
So, if you're in Cambridge, go to the Public Library. It is a real place, the architecture is good--in both the old and new parts, and it is a public resource. If it had a coffee shop inside, it would be perfect.