Friday, January 05, 2007
A book is not forever
"We're being very ruthless," said Sam Clay, director of the 21-branch system since 1982. "A book is not forever. If you have 40 feet of shelf space taken up by books on tulips and you find that only one is checked out, that's a cost."Okay, you can pulp some of the tulip books. But what about the other authors being expelled from the shelves? Apparently the losers include Marcel Proust, Thomas Hardy, William Faulkner, Boris Pasternak, Gertrude Stein, Eugene O'Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and George Eliot. Even Virgil has failed to hit his quarterly numbers and may be escorted off the premises. Drat.