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The Worst Literary Wedding Themes: Critical Linking, October 8, 2019

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“Like most people, your first thought after reading The Handmaid’s Tale was probably, ‘Ummm … this would be a PERFECT theme for my wedding.’ And so like many people, you were probably horribly disappointed to find out that a Handmaid’s Tale-themed wedding had already been done—hanging wall photo backdrop and everything. No fair!
But not to fear: if you’re the type of person who both loves and yet deeply misunderstands books, we’ve got even more perfect suggestions for your literary-themed wedding.”

Well played.

“Following criticisms that three fiction sections inside the newly opened Hunters Point Library were accessible only by stairs, a Queens Public Library official announced late Friday that the books in those areas would be relocated to another place inside the building.

‘Our goal is to be inclusive and provide access and opportunity to all,’ said Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, in a statement to Gothamist. ‘We will move the books to another location in the library and provide regular updates to the community.'”

It’s a start.

“Yet much of the glitz may be just that—glitz. Survey data and experts suggest that students generally appreciate libraries most for their simple, traditional offerings: a quiet place to study or collaborate on a group project, the ability to print research papers, and access to books. Notably, many students say they like relying on librarians to help them track down hard-to-find texts or navigate scholarly journal databases. ‘Google can bring you back 100,000 answers,” as the writer Neil Gaiman once said. “A librarian can bring you back the right one.’”

Students just want to have old-fashioned libraries.

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