3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge (day 3)

Previously on (part two):

My bibliophile friend, Kayla, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Daily Geekette, has challenged me to the 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge. Thank you, Kayla!

The rules of the challenge are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (one quote per day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day!


Magpie Librarian, The Little Librarian, and the person I always turn to for political-literary questions, Hannah of http://mclicious.org/.

My final quote is:

“Ninety percent of the works in copyright are orphan works: no one knows who owns the rights to them, and no one can figure out how to put them back into print. Meanwhile, the copies of them that we do know about are disintegrating or getting lost. So there’s a library out there, the biggest library ever, Ninety percent of the stuff anyone’s ever created, and it’s burning, in slow motion. Libraries burn.” She shrugged. “That’s what they do. But maybe someday we’ll figure out how to make so many copies of humanity’s creative works that we’ll save most of them from the fire.”

from Homeland by Cory Doctorow

I have “Libraries Burn” engraved on the inside of my Simmons class ring. I love Cory Doctorow’s YA novels and I think this quote is so important. Everyone knows about the Library of Alexandria and the story of how it burned, destroying books, tablets, scrolls; all sorts of information from the ancient scholars. But, there is so much out there today that we lose quickly. Ancient artwork is being destroyed in the Middle East, which is horrible and active. How much else is just sitting somewhere, slowly decaying? I found a Latin-English dictionary from 1875 in my library, still on the shelf. It isn’t anything impressive, but it’s cool. What if that had been something greater? I have old yearbooks at work from the 1930s that I have no skills to restore, that are slowly turning yellow in a cabinet. That’s one example of one school library in one small city. What else is out there?

What about what is written online and lost? Emily Dickinson’s poetry was found stuffed in her desk and much of it was published after her death. What author is out there, maybe blogging in private, with no one to find their works?

By the way, you can read all of Homeland online for free (link), as well as some of his other books.


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