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where people see their faces reflected as

The Afterlife of Libraries

background to whatever they read. A woman looking at weather.com

When the shelves are dismantled, the visitations begin, brief ghostly apparitions of recycled volumes in a remote corner of the upper stacks

has several sentences on Analysis of Variance inserted at the bottom of her display, just above the navigation icons. A guy using his golf GPS

where the Qs were, crowded but less visited than some of the more welcoming books,

app

the ones down in the Ps unburdened by a tumult

gets equations defining the photoelectric effect

of formulas, the deltas and thetas

overlaid on a contour map of the seventh green. A kid playing Pokemon online is puzzled

that are just Greek to students who spend more time daydreaming than doing labs. There, above the reinforced concrete floor

by the description of glutamine synthesis scrawled across the gym floor. It happens at random, this networked dispersion of facts and

that supported the old weight of knowledge, in the red glow of the Exit signs, the lost empirical tomes assert their quantum

discourse

prerogative to flicker back into existence for a picosecond and to shed their complex words into the mute air

into the cellular ether where people graze bits of information they need for a minute

riddled with signals, the layered protocols running on staggered frequencies and bearing the

has been un-housed and rendered formless,

without realizing the matrix of mind and culture

and flows now through buildings, over mountains and rivers without destination, without an endpoint

disembodied syllables that could be the soul of thought. Unexplained interferences start to interrupt the dependable performance of mobile devices, a perfect storm of untethered content appearing

in the binding physical artifact that is its past perfect home. But information wants to be more than free. It wants to matter and last, to counter entropy

in fragments on bright sharp touch screens

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The HotSpring Quarterly - Sept. 2012  

This publication represents the work of a community of thinkers, researchers, reporters, educators, innovators and committed change-makers,...

The HotSpring Quarterly - Sept. 2012  

This publication represents the work of a community of thinkers, researchers, reporters, educators, innovators and committed change-makers,...

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