Tomas de Paor / Spring 2016
To read is to learn, and to learn is to know. Once we cared to learn, then we cared to know, and now, we, the Millenniums, wish for others to think that we know. To buy a book is to be seen as worldly. To hold up an open book is to be regarded as talented. It does not matter what is on the pages, it does not matter how much of it we have read. We choose the books that are respected by others so that we may be respected by others.
In a library whose book shelves are flanked at every occasion by a more temptatious distraction, our choices are put into question. Enter the first floor to buy a book from the library's shop and leave, because there is no value to reading unless we own the evidence of our learning. Or enter to use the gym, the arcade, the cafe, the ball pit, and create a habit of reading in the moments of repose required from those primary activities. If you wish to become the object of the library audience's admiration, sit at its corner and read, and face the choice of reading to learn or reading until you feel free to play billiards.