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Elegy for a Thousand Stolen Books

After the seven-year project of weeding my high school library, one task remained: inventory. I had avoided it for several years, reasoning that there wasn’t much point in carefully accounting for books I would probably discard anyway. If someone had … Continue reading

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Part II. Unknown Unknowns

Mock Donald Rumsfeld all you like for his famous “Unknown unknowns” remark about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but he was right: it’s the stuff you don’t know that you don’t know that will sneak up from behind and … Continue reading

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Part I. How Freewriting Can Ruin 18 Consecutive Birthday Cakes

Nineteen years ago, I sat under a tree in the oldest part of the Rutgers campus and began to freewrite, as instructed by the poet Deena Linett, my professor in the New Jersey Writing Project.  The idea behind the NJ … Continue reading

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I Can’t Believe You’re Throwing Out Books!

I am a librarian but no longer a bibliophile. Throwing out thousands of books in three libraries over the past nine years has cured me of bibliophilia, though nothing on this side of mortality can ever release me from my … Continue reading

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