When I’m introduced to someone as a writer, a now familiar pattern of events often follows.
“Oh, really! How interesting!” the someone—let’s call her Jane—says, sounding quite enthusiastic. “What do you write?”
“Science fiction,” I say.
Jane instantly glazes over. “I’m afraid I never read science fiction.”
In other instances, people who know me have read a book of mine out of curiosity and then told me, in some surprise, that they liked it—“even though I don’t normally like science fiction.” Indeed, when a short story collection of mine won a non-genre prize, it was apparently a surprise to the judges themselves: According to the chair of the judging panel, “none of [them] knew they were science-fiction fans beforehand.”
The assumption seems to be that a book that comes with a genre label like “science fiction” must necessarily be lightweight stuff—not really comparable with “non-genre” works.
This may partly be due to the fact that the word “genre” has two different meanings which are often muddled up. The basic meaning of “genre” is simply kind or category or form of fiction, and in that sense, any work of fiction can be assigned to some genre or another. But “genre” is also used in a different way to make a distinction between “genre” and “non-genre” fiction. “Non-genre” fiction is the stuff that is placed on the “general fiction” or “fiction and literature” shelves in Barnes and Noble. “Genre” fiction is the stuff that is placed in its own designated corners: Crime, Fantasy, Romance, Horror, Science Fiction.
Ten Amazing Libraries:
1. The Library of the St. Florian Monastery in Austria
2. The Library of Alexandria in Egypt
3. The Biblioteca Joanina of the University of Coimbra in Portugal
4. Vancouver Public Library in Canada
5. The George Peabody Library in the U.S.
6. Trinity College Library in Ireland
7. The Abbey Library of Saint Gall in Switzerland
8. Bibliotheque Nationale de France in France
9. The State Library of South Australia in Australia
10. Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford in England
Can I contribute to the furniture fandoms?
I present to you, THE BOOKSHELF FANDOM
LOOK AT THE BEAUTY
I CANT HANDLE IT
THIS ONE IS ALSO A MOTHERFRICKING BED
YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT
IT DOESNT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS
I STAND CORRECTED
GOLLY GOSH A PIANO
DEAR LORD ALMIGHTY
I HOPE YOU WERE AMAZED
The public library in my hometown has been closed and undergoing reconstruction since 2011. This hasn’t much affected me, because somewhere around the time that I acquired a taste for coffee, I began eschewing libraries in favor of retail bookstores. Browsing at Barnes & Noble with a latte in hand is more pleasurable; ordering from Amazon seems more efficient.
But a Pew Research Center report released Wednesday reveals, somewhat surprisingly, given stories about the “death of print" as well as the scant resources sometimes devoted to these establishments, that the majority of Americans strongly value their public libraries. When asked whether the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their communities, 90 percent of American adults (ages 16 years and older) said yes, it would, and 63 percent said the impact would be "major." When asked if library closures would affect them and their families personally, only 32 percent responded the way I would have—with a "no."
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A warning: If you rip, tear, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop, or in any other manner damage, mistreat, or show lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it is within my power to make them.
Irma Pince, Hogwarts Librarian (via themindofafictionbooklover)
not really, though. eat ice cream while reading and dribble on the page. spill coffee. break the spine. read in the tub. some books are impossible to put down, and ice cream must be eaten and coffee must be drank and sometimes people who live with you absolutely demand that you bathe.
as a librarian, i mostly care that you read. i’d rather replace a book that has been read and dog-eared and underlined and well-loved than have a pristine copy sit unread on a shelf.
respect books, but don’t treat them as sacred (unless they are rare texts and all). life is messy, and if books are a part of your life, they might get messy. and that’s okay with me.
^ This! Books are not sacred! Absorb those ideas any way you can! A shell is a shell!
Especially if it’s a James Patterson book. PLEASE rip, tear, shred, bend, fold those because we bought 200 copies and the bastard has a new one coming out later this month.