Rao’s “An Elegy for the Library”

This week I stumbled across an opinion piece that was published in the Sunday edition of The New York Times on February 17. The title immediately caught my attention and I knew I should use it for a post on this blog. Mahesh Rao’s piece, “An Elegy for the Library,” is a poem of sorts to be read by every bookworm, avid reader, and casual skimmer alike.  Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Bookworm

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Recently, Merriam-Webster was promoting an article concerning the history of the word “bookworm.” In the article, MW explains how the term “bookworm” actually used to have a derogatory meaning, specifically during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Apparently during Elizabethan times, “the self-absorbed, idle bookworm was not esteemed in a society based on one’s gains and accomplishments.” (You’re telling me it’s not an accomplishment to stay in bed all day reading and avoiding the outside world?) Continue reading