For a bookish sort like myself, going to work is like going to heaven: Over 200,000 books, including preeminent collections of early scientific texts (we're talking 15th and 16th century), Irish literature, horticulture, science fiction. Over a million manuscript pages from W.B. Yeats, Ernest Hemingway, Tennesse Williams, Kurt Vonnegut and Arthur Miller, among many others.
Yesterday the vistors included a group of (all male) English professors from Baghdad who stopped by to see our current exhibit on poet Ezra Pound.
We chatted a bit.
Said one of the professors as he swept his hand across our climate-controlled, halon-protected, camera-surveilled exhibition gallery:
We don't have anything like this at university back home.I couldn't resist asking if his university had ever had anything like this. His reply:
Oh, sir, yes. But it got lost in the war.