Magazine December 21, 2009, Issue

Silence Is Olden

Library of Trinity College, Dublin (De Agostini/W. Buss/Getty Images)

The other day I got an anonymous letter from a reader of this column but it’s not what you think. It contains no nukes or threats; rather, it is by turns sad and funny, and concerns a subject dear to my spleen. I wanted to answer it personally but it was signed “Anonymous Librarian” and contained no return address, so I will answer it here.

The writer explains that she always wanted to be a librarian because she loved the peace and quiet of the library of her childhood. “It was one of the few places where I ever felt safe,” …

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