Blake first gave us an inkling of this story last Thursday in which the NYT Times reviewer mentioned that "librarians were soon to go the way of blacksmiths and town criers, their chosen field made obsolete by Internet search engines and self-perpetuating electronic databases".
The Sunday New York Times Book Review (now online) has Neil Genzlinger's take on Larry Beinhart's new novel, ''The Librarian,'' in which a "Dewey decimal doofus" holds in his hands nothing less than the fate of the free world. By the author who brought us "American Hero", the novel that became the film "Wag the Dog", Beinhart's latest is also a take-off on a current U.S. President, a certain "Augustus Winthrop Scott" --a man from a privileged family, with a dubious record of National Guard service and rich and powerful business backers. Hmmm.
The book involves a plot in which the incumbent puts into place a "steal the election" plan after he loses a debate and a lot of voter support.
Genzlinger says of the book "The story is outlandish fun, but it carries with it a serious critique of the electoral process, the American power structure and the real-life conduct of both President Bush and the news media." Here's the review.