A letter to the Style section of the NYT:
Regarding “One Way to Encourage Checking-Out at the Library” by Malia Wollan (March 3), about how public libraries now host dating events (“speed-dating”) to attract users to their facilities, I note the following comment made by one individual: “The kind of person the library can attract is different than the kind you get at a bar.”From an article condemning "foodies" for their snobbery:
True enough. But as a public institution, libraries attract all kinds of people, some not so pleasant.
For me, I would much rather meet a potential date through friends or shared mutual interests such as classical music or foreign films.
What could be better than that?
Needless to say, no one shows much interest in literature or the arts—the real arts. When Marcel Proust’s name pops up, you know you’re just going to hear about that damned madeleine again.