Thursday, April 10, 2008

I haven't been in a library for several decades, but maybe one of you can help me.

Jeffrey Ricker was reading my manuscript the other day -- recommending that I cut 75% of my thats, calling me out on things he hates, mocking my word choices, et cetera -- and made an observation that had not occured to me. At one point, a character is in a branch of the New York Public Library and the librarian escorts him to the card files. To which Jeff asked: Do libraries even have card files anymore?

I suppose I could always walk into a library to find out, but figured maybe one of my brilliant readers would know the answer off the top of his or her head, and save me the effort. NYPL experience would be especially helpful.