December 2, 2016
Depravities like the “Teen Drag Show” in the library in Ames, Iowa, [Nov. 15] would not be taking place today if American libraries were still run by grown-ups worthy of that name.
You suggested that American libraries today are temples of junk. That is a charitable description.
What we should realize about libraries is that our greatest enemies are shrewd enough to permit them to continue functioning qua libraries while at the same time using them as focal points for cultural subversion.
Not that they are needed, but here are three more examples of this:
1) Last May, the St. Louis Public Library promoted its third annual “Hip Hop Appreciation Week”, during which “workshops” in “beatmaking” and “music production” were offered. There were also live performances in the building of the noise called hip hop “music.”
Observe the qualities in such “music:” Loudness, arrogance, anger, self-righteous bombast, Ebonics, profanity, and contempt for restraint, women, and law.
Compare that with these words that appear on a lunette above the entry to the Library’s Main Hall:
“Speak low – tread softly through these halls;
Here genius lives enshrined, –
Here reign, in silent majesty,
The monarchs of the mind.”
These words are the first stanza in Anne Lynch Botta’s poem “Thoughts in a Library” (1852). Read More »