Monday, June 04, 2007
Everything is Miscellaneous
The problem with working at a library is that every time you start a book you come across something new to read instead (I had just started Michael Chabon's Yiddish Policemen's Union). And every now and then I really regret finding a book. Everything is Miscellaneous is a very problematic book for me to be reading. The central tenant of it is that in the computer age objects no longer need to be limited to belonging in a single category. One side effect of this being that the traditional practice of cataloging books (my profession) is becoming a bit anachronistic. It would be depressing if I didn't agree with the author to a certain extent.