Monday, November 18, 2013

Doris Lessing, RIP

Love a Library

“With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one — but no one at all — can tell you what to read and when and how.”

—Doris Lessing (1919-2013), author (The Golden Notebook, 1962) and 2007 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, died this weekend. Great NPR story on Lessing here. NYTimes obit.

Above: Informed by a reporter that she'd been named a Nobel laureate, Lessing responded, “Oh, Christ.”

• Editorial Comment: Read a book. Any book. Betcha can’t read just one.

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