Not in My Library! "Berman's Bag" Columns from The Unabashed Librarian, 2001-2013

By Sanford Berman

Foreword by means of Mitch Freedman, a reprinted Counterpoise interview and forty five of Sanford Berman's U*L columns facing book-burning, genocide, executive secrecy and repression, cataloging, indexing, classism, self-censorship and loose speech for library employees (et cetera!). Index through Chris sidestep.

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It must spark curiosity within the long-aborning bad People’s coverage and supply desperately-needed advice and data (e. g. , on how humans experiencing homelessness can get library playing cards and what libraries can do to raised sensitize their staffs to bad people’s rights and needs). With the hot creation of a brand new coordinator—John Gehner, a soon-to-graduate library scholar who has truly labored at a homeless take care of and is intensely principled, expert, and artistic, the starvation, Homelessness, and Poverty job strength is sure to totally revive and make a true impression on library perform.

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Not able to comprise myself, I observed—from the audience—that it used to be positive to have fun Africanness. I applauded it. in spite of the fact that, I puzzled why, on the grounds that 60–70 percentage of the Cuban inhabitants is Black, did Afro-Cubans adventure 70 percentage unemployment in comparison to 30 percentage for Whites, and why did Blacks represent eighty five percentage of the legal inhabitants. The speedy answer was once to impugn my numbers and their resource. yet I famous that the facts derived from a state-published rfile authored through the executive economist.

There isn't any SOUND cause to claim OR WRITE “PREVENTATIVE. ” It’s superfluous, a garbage-word that accomplishes not anything except mindlessly elongating “preventive. ” • When approximately every thing is “interesting,” then not anything is. but “interesting” or “interestingly” pervades the linguistic cosmos. It’s now not simply ubiquitous, omnipresent, it’s additionally slightly condescending. Why now not permit readers, listeners, and audience make a decision themselves even if anything really fascinates or engages them? And why can we must be trained that the writer or speaker unearths whatever “interesting”?

I wished to give a contribution a few paintings to it, yet lamentably, Yin Yang didn’t final that lengthy. simply partaking in it used to be very. very important to me. To enlarge these so much welcome reminiscences, listed here are passages from a foreword I did for Ken Wachsberger’s 1993 Voices from the underground quantity 2—a listing of resources and assets at the Vietnam period underground press (Mica Press), instantly following my account of an epiphany skilled at an early–60s poetry interpreting in DC via Allen Ginsberg, Leroi Jones (now Amiri Baraka), Gregory Corso, and Peter Orlovsky: hearth marshals ended this system in advance, yet that evening’s adventure so profoundly affected me (although I confess to already having been powerfully encouraged through analyzing Henry Miller in clandestine, Paris-printed paperbacks whereas a GI in Germany) that later, operating as a military librarian in Europe, I controlled (by technique of surely “creative financing”) to get complete anthologies of Beat writing in addition to numerous problems with urban lighting fixtures magazine into the libraries I supervised (which by the way triggered a censorship try out through a Southern Methodist chaplain who wore paratroop boots whereas carrying out Sunday services).

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