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Jonathan Cohen
Writer, editor, and reformed intellectual hooligan.
Writer, editor, and reformed intellectual hooligan.

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The world we knew and valued is disappearing. I knew this to be happening in so many ways, but libraries were such an important part of my world growing up. The idea that no knowledge would be lost, no matter how seemingly trivial or out-of-date or wrong-headed, was crucial. I could go to the New York Public Library and read documents from the 1790s, without having to worry that some librarian in 1910 had decided "no one will ever read this stuff" and had deaccessioned it. What will the historians of tomorrow have to work with? Don't tell me "Google."
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