Why Do Libraries Throw Away Books?

Part of librarianship is understanding of the purpose of your particular library. Libraries range from those with extremely specialized collections like museum, medical, and research to those with broader appeal like academic, primary school, and public. There are also archives, which can be described as a cross between a museum and a library. Knowing who … More Why Do Libraries Throw Away Books?

The Power of Place

It’s a different kind of tragedy when a great part of the collective human heritage is destroyed, but it’s a tragedy nonetheless. While watching Notre Dame de Paris be engulfed by skyscraper-high flames and billowing plumes of black smoke yesterday, my art historian friend Jenna remarked, “When the essence of personhood and how we measure … More The Power of Place

The Heartbeat Bill

Mr. DeWine, Your vote to enact the Heartbeat bill into law negatively effects me, all women, all families, and all Ohioans. Your complete disregard for the rights of women to have autonomy over our own bodies and your blatant use of fear mongering for political gain is disgraceful and dangerous. You have endangered the lives … More The Heartbeat Bill

Bad Waffles at Belgian Iron Wafel Company

In Columbus, Ohio, there’s an area just north of Downtown called the Short North; once a neighborhood-friendly haven for the arts, it has become synonymous with trend-chasing mediocrity and drunk people named Chad. Among other more nuanced issues, the impossibility of finding parking makes the happiness meters of most who go there half-empty before they … More Bad Waffles at Belgian Iron Wafel Company

A Vindication of My Rights Not to Finish this Book

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman It will come as a surprise to none people that Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, published 1792, was too dense for me to finish. I started reading it in January as the first of my self-imposed book club of one focusing … More A Vindication of My Rights Not to Finish this Book

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Leonardo da Vinci joins the ranks of Walter Isaacson’s other Great Men – Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, and Benjamin Franklin – in this meaty 2017 biography of the eponymous Renaissance Man. Isaacson’s core thesis is that Leonardo’s ability to combine imagination and science is what galvanized his genius. Like most other people in … More Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson