More Money and More Freedom

bq.James McBride, author of the best-selling memoir The Color of Water, said that the public must “demand that government give librarians — who are the last line of the defense of reason in this society — more money and more freedom.” That remark drew a warm response from the audience, which Mr. McBride acknowledged: “I see the librarians out there going, ‘Yeah.'” – “Scott McLemee( Literary Reading Is Declining Faster Than Before, Arts Endowment’s New Report Says)”:http://chronicle.com/free/2004/07/2004070901n.htm