In the Stacks

In the Stacks

Short Stories About Libraries and Librarians

Book - 2002
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Libraries, with their miles and miles of books are, for writers and readers alike, the magical portal to new worlds-the source of terrors, delights, and pleasures aplenty. Here, in one volume, noted author and librarian Michael Cart has assembled a fascinating collection of twentieth century short fiction about libraries and librarians: from such classics as Borges's "The Library of Babel" and Isaac Babel's "The Public Library," to such contemporary gems as John Cheever's "Trouble of Marcie Flint" and Lorrie Moore's "Community Life." Love, lunacy, obsession, and the joy of reading come together in a collection that readers, booksellers, and librarians would agree is long overdue.
Publisher: Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 2002
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781585672592
Branch Call Number: FIC In 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 268 p
Additional Contributors: Cart, Michael


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SnoIsleLib_BrianTH Mar 31, 2018

Jorge Luis Borges is a master of the short story and this is a must-read for anyone who works in a library. Borges reminds us that the library can be a magical place.

'Italo calvino, ursula k. leguin, joanne greenberg, maria dabrowska, gina berriault, isaac babel, lorrie moore, zona gale, lisa koger, sue kaufman, anthony boucher, walter r. brooks,m.r. james, saki, john cheever, francine prose, alice munro, ray bradbury, jorge luis borges.' I interviewed gina berriault for my journalism class; she offered me help in my novel-writing. she was a striking appearing woman, don't get me wrong, but I was a serious -minded man, and I still had john beecher to interview (which I messed up by asking him how hemingway appeared, from not so far away, on the Left Bank; he called the interview to a close, when I evinced no interest in his labor union activities, nor in his epic poetry.) the teacher, a reporter for the then extant SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, took to calling me 'Thomas Mann,'but he used his contacts with the two Seattle papers to get older students jobs up here. Not so long after, I became homeless in San Francisco (not as fun as it sounds.) Have you seen the SEATTLE TIMES lately. you haven't seen the POST-INTELLIGENCER. Anyway, her competent story here brings back memories of the old Public Library. You can foresee the ending of the story, which I think is not such a good thing. the better part of the story is not the plot, but the setting, including walking to and fro the library through the nearby neighborhood.Borges is so dense and compact, I couldn't get close to getting through it, Babel has been a long neglected writer, who died in a Russian camp during the 2nd world war (and I doubt this was reported in the Old Grey Lady). Le Guin just recently passed away. berriault wrote brilliant novels. Beecher has always been highly regarded in labor circles, and his poems illustrating these concerns have been anthologised, under his name. he had an oxygen tank, and a comely attendant ( his wife?) for that interview, and he seemed tired. i had little idea who he was.

Jan 07, 2012

Not all the stories in this collection were to my liking but having always loved libraries, I was intrigued by the place and subject of these stories. There were five stories that I truly loved. They were delightful and insightful and made the entire book worthwhile.

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