Information does not always come in complete chunks. The bits and bobs found on the web may help for temporary fixes to minor problems, small reference inquiries, but to find the truth it is best to consult a large fountain of information. That information can be found unabridged and open in biographies, reference materials, and bibliographies on the last day at the library.
A 600 word essay on wikipedia does not make a life study about an important figure. Culled from multiple sources, these entries give a brief scan of the men and women of the human race. To see the whole truth of a person, you must look through multiple lenses if you cannot talk to that person yourself. Written items from multiple sources give a complete, unabridged version of that person rather than dry facts.
Objectively, anyone can tell you that Michelangelo's David is a beautiful work of art. Craft and skill came together in the mind of a master to form shape from stone. But reference books about art and history, materials about the world that work of art was shaped in, geology texts that outline why that type of stone is best to work with can give you a full truth about the creation of beauty. In those texts, more information is shared that completes the view of the man behind the stone and the world behind him. A full shape takes place inside the complete information.
The work of an man is the culmination of everything he has seen and read and created. Would we have Stephen King without HP Lovecraft? Would we have Helen Fielding without Jane Austen? Would we have Stephen Hawking without Albert Einstein? These men and women who create our worlds, both fact and fiction, absorbed the work of others and changed their worlds. With bibliographies, both cited works and inspirations and likenesses, we can see the path of knowledge and storytelling throughout the world. Each "begat" has a beginning in the kernel of thought and creates a whole truth of our nature as a species.
The completeness of knowledge can be found on the shelves at the library. The references, the collections, and the insubstantial nature of humanity is found there on the last day at the library.
elcome to the Banned Library, all those coming from the A to Z Challenge! For those of you not familiar or who just don't want to click that link, the A to Z Challenge is a blogging competition between blogger and self to post one entry a day during April based on the letter of the alphabet. Starting April 1st and continuing throughout the month (skipping Sundays), one entry a day will be devoted to this challenge. As the Banned Library often posts several entries a day, we have decided to turn this over to our fiction department. Our challenge will be a series called "Last Day at the Library," chronicling the things and people that will end when a library closes. We hope you enjoy it and be sure to check out the many, many other blogs associated with the A to Z Challenge.