The New York Public Library Hates Me


Back from the library, where the stacks were closed even though I checked the website before I left. It was okay, I had some online research to so, from databases only accessible to me from the library, but still! This always happens to me. I love it there though.  I want to work there, but so do a lot of other people I imagine, and I don’t have the appropriate degrees. 

I found some funny answers I gave in a 1996 interview.  Funny to me I should say. And so me.  I love that I gave these answers.

What are the sources of your best and most original ideas?

Disappointment. Longing.

Where do you find inspiration?

Success is very inspiring but I would keep going even if everything I did failed. Fear of death, maybe? The promise of sex?

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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3 thoughts on “The New York Public Library Hates Me

  1. I worked in the main branch of the NYPL, when I was in college. I was a page. As a matter of fact, I was the first woman page hired there. I worked in the American History department and had to go into the stacks all the time to bring up books for writers, professors, historians, etc.
    It was one of my fave jobs, ever.

  2. Really?? It didn’t get tedious and exhausting? If only school wasn’t expensive, I’d love to go back to school to get whatever degree I’d need to work there.

  3. No, it was great fun.
    It was me and all of these cute guys. All of us in our khaki page jackets. My best friend Steve, got a job there too, so that made it even better.
    The stacks were so huge, some people in other sections would rollerskate down there.
    It was part-time, so it never got tedious. The only tough times were during the summer. No a/c and the big fans didn’t do much to cool off the place.
    I know what you mean about school. I am considering going back, maybe for ESL and I can’t believe how costly it is. I should have made up my mind all those years ago and I would have had the degree for next to nothing.

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