Our library – the one that destroyed all those books and has no money to buy anything we need for teaching or research – bought 500 copies of a novel called Circe by somebody named Madeline Miller. Copies will be handed out for free. The novel is a
#1 New York Times Bestseller — named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.
So probably some woke crap. “A subversive reimagining” of something.
This is the same library that recently refused to pay $15 to get me something I needed for research. 500 copies are $5,000. If the money were used to buy Cervantes or Shakespeare, that would make sense. But why is it urgently necessary to paper the whole town with copies of this particular book? Students keep asking me why they can’t find my books at the library. The actual professor who works at this school. The answer is always that there’s no money. A professor discovered that his carefully planned course on film can’t be taught because the library doesn’t have the money to get the licenses for the movies renewed. Yet we are spreading around what I’m sure is a cute book but it’s one in a million identical novels by utterly forgettable authors.