Three Quotes on Libraries

Three Quotes on Libraries

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”

Ray Bradbury


“I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.”

Laura Bush


“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower


There’s intent here, a reason why I selected libraries as today’s topic. Consider this a passionate plea in support. Why? Well, yesterday, Seattle Review of Books shared a proposed Republican budget from Texas Representative Bill Flores, chair of the Republican Study Committee. Within their Blueprint for a Balanced Budget (read it at that link) it proposes cutting federal funding for Libraries (less than 0.01% of the budget.)

Appalling as that may sound, it’s a serious proposal and one that could end up on the desk of our new President. I shared it yesterday unsure of how to react. I was stunned and shocked and disappointed. Especially knowing how important the library system has become for our country. The library meant so much to me as a child and remains crucial to me as an adult. In an era when non-profits are struggling to make ends meet the Library system remains a vital institution in helping enrich our communities. Cutting funding is an ignorant and dangerous step in the wrong direction and it baffles my mind that defunding would even be considered.

This morning, my friend Matt Nelson (creator of the wonderful Catbeard the Pirate) joined me in an impassioned plea for the support of American libraries. I highly recommend you read his own thoughts and experiences. You can either start reading using the tweet below or check out this easy to read Storified version. It won’t take long and it’s worth your time.

Friday Link Pack 04/25/2014

Hari & Deepti's Shadow Boxes

It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Let me know!

Writing:

Ten Things I’d Like To Say To Young Writers
Great (and encouraging) article from Chuck Wendig. The last point about finishing is probably one of the most important pieces of advice anyone can give a new writer. (See also: #2 of Heinlein’s rules.)

The Old Broken Road Cover Reveal Is Just Around The Corner
Those triumphant few who subscribe to my newsletter have gotten their preview. The rest of you will need to wait until next Tuesday when I do a proper cover reveal here on the blog. Only four more days!

Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise
We all knew this, but here’s some solid proof: libraries make people happy.

Art:

Hari & Deepti’s Shadow Boxes
Amazing hand cut paper boxes by Denver, Colorado artist duo Hari & Deepti. The level of depth and detail achieved with just paper and light is incredible.

“After the Storm” by Kari-Lise Alexander
My last favorite painting from my amazingly talented wife has been replaced with this new one. I love it so much. (It’s already sold and won’t be lingering around our house very long so I am enjoying it as much as I can.)

Random:

David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture
My friend Ray Frenden shared this Salon article on twitter yesterday and I got to say it’s real good. An honest look at irony’s effect on our modern culture.

Project Naptha
A new browser extension for Chrome that allows you to copy/paste text from any image. Quite handy.

Dear FCC Why Do You Hate Consumers?
If you’re an American (or a citizen of the internet) you should be real pissed about the stuff coming from the FCC this week.

Did you see the crow I filmed mimicking the sound of my neighbor’s cat?
You really should.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Book
Books can make you happy and they can also transport you to terrifying places.

Farewell Gif of the Week:
This is how I feel around 5:00pm most Fridays.