While I don’t generally follow the blogs of conservatives, there are exceptions. The latest is the addition of Jon Swift’s blog to the blogroll.
Although I’d come across it before, the addition stems largely because Jon e-mailed and reminded me I had not mentioned a recent news item. Specifically, libraries in Fairfax County, Virginia, are tossing out classic books to make room for more best sellers. While culling is necessary to any library (a process I went through during the holidays), there’s a big difference between removing things from the shelves and discarding them. I at least take mine to the used book store or donate them to the library for its collection or its annual book sale, whichever it deems appopriate.
And while my illiterati status makes me perhaps the last to be in a position to defend all sorts of “classics,” they’re called classics for a reason. I’ve said enough, and since I doubt I can top Jon’s inimitable style, I refer you to his post. And perhaps I don’t need to mention it, but at least a bit of knowledge of classic literature may be necessary to fully understand Jon’s position on the issue.
May you live all the days of your life.
Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation