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What, by Mark Kurlansky

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

A few days ago, I blogged about some new books that caught my eye. I took one of them home and read it in a single evening. It was Mark Kurlansky’s What: Are These the Twenty Most Important Questions in Human History – Or Is This a Game of Twenty Questions? I must admit that by its final chapter, I was starved for an answer rather than another question, but thankfully, I got one.

This book is a novel concept – it’s a book about the big questions, composed entirely of questions. And even though it may sound impossible to achieve, Kurlansky has managed to accomplish this task with elegance. Check out the book if you have an interest in philosophy or history!

I especially love the excerpt from Letters to a Young Poet, which Kurlansky includes after all of his questioning:

You are so young, and have not even started, and I want to beg you, as strongly as I can, dear sir, to be patient with all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked little rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

Beautiful, huh?

For books full of questions and people who can help you find the answers, visit your local library!

Ask Us! The Statistics Act

by Katherine - 2 Comment(s)

A customer came to the third floor of the Central Library, looking for information about the Statistics Act. The Act itself is located in our Law Alcove, but the customer wanted to make sure that he had all the information he needed, given the amount of revisions that have been made, over the years. We’ve got print indexes to the Federal Acts that include amendments, and so consulted them, to find the information our customer was looking for. The act and its revisions are also indexed in the Canada Statute Citator.

Sure, we could have used CANLII or the Justice Laws website, but our customer was interested in print rather than online sources.

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