From Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson


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From Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson

“. . . and that’s the thing about some librarians — they love telling you a book is out of print, borrowed, lost, or not even written yet.

I have a list of titles that I leave at the desk, because they are bound to be written some day, and it’s best to be ahead of the queue.”

Despite the complaint about “some librarians”, I love the idea of reserving a book that hasn’t been written yet. We should have lists of unwritten books, that we catalog, and think about, and reserve.

And, she’d love librarians if she just visited our information desk at my branch, and met our fantastic staff. We always find information for our users. They never leave empty-handed. From this day on, I’m going to have librarian fantasies about having the perfect reference interview with Jeanette Winterson.

Posted by kate on March 9, 2006 09:21 PM | Permalink


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In Gaiman’s Sandman, Dream’s librarian, Lucien, is the protector of the Library, including all the books that have ever been dreamed of, including those that were never written. That’s where I’d place my reserve.

By the way, we miss you, too.

Posted by: susan burkhardt | March 21, 2006 02:23 PM


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