When David Ferriero began recounting his experience in convincing Nicholson Baker to give his archival newspaper collection to Duke (when Ferriero was at Duke), I was suddenly reminded of Baker’s visit to Utah in 2001. Barbara Quint was not at all happy with his view of librarians and wrote a fantastic editorial called Don’t Burn Books! Burn Librarians! Baker was somewhat astounded when I handed him a copy of the editorial — along with the cartoon of him that accompanied it. And the whole thing was caught on C-Span! I was very interested to hear how Ferriero convinced Baker that storing old newspapers in a barn with no climate control and open windows wasn’t really an archivally good idea!
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