Culture vs. poor people’s Blockbusters

David Rothman writes “Poor people’s Blockbusters. That’s what a librarian friend of mine warns public libraries against becoming. Libraries should enter the multimedia age but never forget the importance of their role in promoting good literature that stretches readers’ minds.

Alas, in the August issue (PDF) of Cities and Insights, library techie Walt Crawford approvingly quotes critics of the invaluable Reading at Risk report from the National Endowment for the Arts. Should librarians and others really be so smug about the decline of literature in American Life, especially when the NEA isn’t the only source of disquieting stats? More at TeleRead