1. Someone told us about a public library in a town in Alberta that had burned to the ground. They were going to rebuild, and needed donations. I was ready to ship hundreds. But the website requested only books published in the last two years, which excluded almost everything in my father-in-law’s library.

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    James Wood, “Packing My Father-in-law’s Library” (from The Fun Stuff).

    This is Slave Lake! What an unexpectedly local detail to stumble across. However: no books more than two years old? Such a weird and short-sighted policy.

    (via booksinthekitchen)