Books
Are librarians obsolete in the Google era? They couldn't be more important
A former obituary writer celebrates the cult and culture of obituaries
Obituaries
After an early life controlled by her mother and her Hollywood studio, nobody would tell her how to live.
A salute to the great actress from Life Book's Katharine Hepburn: 1907-2003
He was talented and careless and pain followed him wherever he hid.
Essays
An avid readerís wry take on books, past and present
Essential preparation for parenthood: visiting a toystore, watching cartoons.

THIS BOOK IS OVERDUE!

Are librarians still necessary in the age of Google? I wrote
This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All after chasing dozens of tech-savvy librarians who are wrestling the accumulated history and culture of the world in a variety of mutating formats while serving needy, techno-stressed patrons -- us. These librarians are leaning into the digital age while they hold firmly to old-fashioned librarian values like privacy, accuracy, open access, and free speech. Irrelevant? Hardly. In fact, we've never needed them more.