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The ups and downs of the professional writer in society continue to disturb us. From the time that the emphasis was put on that word professional, the days of the opening of Grub Street, with people such as Steele, Goldsmith and Johnson as its representatives, the writer was set down as a hack....
Questionable books are as easily identified and as quickly discovered as brightly dyed Easter eggs. The titles of such books invariably terminate with interrogation marks not with dots, dashes, or asterisks. Nevertheless, even a well read scholar finds himself hard put to recollect half a dozen...
Faced with the annual torrent of library reports, one longs for more shooting and less mumbling, and perhaps at the end of the season, one agrees with Macbeth. Stanley Snaith has written that the theory and technique of annual reports is a subject which has been rather neglected in our...
The truth is most people today don't have the time, inclination, or in some cases, the capacity for true scholarship. That is not in itself a bad thing because too many educated, independent thinkers would tend to complicate intellectual matters almost endlessly. It is enough that one or two...
The new Luton Central Library is full of interest and original ideas it is light and spacious and its dcor is most attractive. It is, therefore, unfortunate that the impression felt on first entering the building is somewhat cold and impersonal as a result of being confronted not by books or...
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