A Funny Thing Happened

May 24, 2012

Last Tuesday’s forum on the fate of the New York Public Library’s 42nd street flagship turned out to be quite different than I or anyone else expected. For one thing, Anthony Marx and Robert Darnton attended the event (after turning down an earlier invitation). For another, both engaged in a frank and fruitful discussion with critics of the Central Library Plan, including Joan Scott, Charles Petersen, Eric Banks, David Nasaw, and me. Robin Pogrebin covered the event for the Times, and there has been interesting press coverage in other venues. I am hopeful that the dialogue will continue, and that Mr. Marx will make good on his offer to rethink this very shortsighted plan and come up with an alternative that leaves the stacks alone.

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