As I’m sure you know, what with the Vatican Library closed for renovations, and the New York Public Library’s non-proximity to a decent deli, the Mercantile Library currently holds the undisputed title of Most Awesome Library in the World.
This is no time to be complacent, though, as there are other institutions nipping at our heels, most notably some upstarts in Kathmandu . Flush with South African development money, they’re planning to build “an Alexandria for Black Africa,” an institution which, as its name suggests, will include an awesome library. That’s why I urge each and every member of the Mercantile to donate his or her centuries-old, hand-written, gorgeously-Arabic-scripted genealogical histories to our collection. Please. Thanks.
Speaking of Alexandria, I just read “The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind” and it is excellent. Highly recommended reading for those interested in the ancient world and/or the libraries thereof, fans of libraries in general, scholars of the history of science, scholars of the science of history, lighthouse enthusiasts, or anyone who thinks (or especially anyone who doesn’t think) that books are really, really important things that should be preserved forever. Preferably in an awesome library somewhere.
-Norm De Plume