“Don’t be distressed,” he said. “There are a lot of things more important in life.” Are there really? More important than the fact that this country has strip-mined a hundred and twenty years of its history?
Note: Given how important you believe the fact that the US has strip-mined a hundred and twenty years of its history, I can imagine that you greeted with horror the suggestion that Kindle was some how going to "save" newspapers.
one has a sense that these library administrators saw themselves in the role of studio moguls, bringing multivolume reference classics to the silver, or at least the gray-green, screen.
Note: Is it possible that one reason you reacted so viscerally to the E Ink screen is it recalled the aesthetics of microfilm? I was struck last night to come across a passage in which mirofilm is described as "the gray-green screen." Locations 530-35.
Like missile defense, leading-edge library automation is a money pit.
Note: Have you written about missile defense?
Why couldn’t Clapp have shown a little patience, and funded more quiet inquiries into techniques of cataloging Persian works (as some traditionalist members of his board would have much preferred him to do), reconciling himself to the fact that whatever glorious man-machine couplings were in the offing, they weren’t going to happen in his lifetime? Why couldn’t he have left library administrators alone, rather than forever distracting them from their primary task as paper-keepers by dangling the lure of convulsive change before them, long before the change was practical, and long before...
Note: in which hype about the Kindle can be seen to replicate or maybe trigger the author's appalled reaction to the aggressive and tragic futurism of Mr. Clapp at the Liibrary of Congress.