It’s Not A Waste of Time, It’s Research

March 3rd, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

Oh sure, we meant to post this information earlier today. And, yes, we believe we have sufficient will to overcome the strongest lure of of the Web. This does not count active procrastination — that is more of a vocation, not an avoidance technique.

We have met our match in the venerable New York Public Library. This is not the first time we have been vanquished by this particular foe, and we suspect it will not be the last. Hey, it beats losing face to, oh, Page Six.

The NYPL has opened up its archives and placed, give or take, 275,000 images online. We realized we’d gone too far when we found ourself enlarging and admiring an ancient photograph of a man dressed as Rip Van Winkle. It was his boots that fascinated us. Now we’re looking at “Cities and Buildings”. Or rather, we’re not looking, the page just happens to be open and giving us a blatant come hither look.

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