“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
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But this one I read yesterday was about a library that was more of a home to me, and is still pretty grand. I liked that there was a portion of the book where the approval from famous librarians were listed about how much they liked/approved of the building. And these quotes were from people who still loom large today (all the old problematic figures). As if getting the ok from every big whig after they toured the building made that space more useful to its readers and workers, or maybe just more regal since they'd been there. Or maybe I'm misinterpreting and the quotes were about the significance of the building in that it brought all of them there to see it once it was complete--that's how big an accomplishment it was. Anyhow, maybe you can spot them all, if you can recognize them by sight, in the photo taken outside on the steps for that year's ALA annual (a photo that at once reminds me of The Shining and those other photos of the staff that were taken inside later, where everyone who still works there were captured with color still in their beards or a different style of glasses (or maybe--shockingly--the same glasses from way back!)).
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