October 13th, 2008

Paul Neyron rose 2

back to reading fiction

     Finished Flight of Aquavit.  Apparently the Interlibrary Loan department got it from the Free Library of Philadelphia, Independence Branch, so the book only had to travel into the suburbs.  It's stamped several times "Courtesy of Philadelphia Gay News" -- perhaps they reviewed it, then donated it?  I've been trying to figure out how books like this could be classified neatly, and the Free Library has come up with an elegant solution.  There are two spine labels on the book.  The more rectangular one has a big question mark with smaller question marks surrounding it and says "Mystery" -- typical enough marking for a mystery -- and there's a square-shaped rainbow label.  That's all I was looking for, a way for the reader to tell at a glance what he or she is getting.  Someday I'll have to get to the Independence Branch of the Free Library.  I'm betting there will be no parking anywhere near it.  Found the address: 18 S. 7th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106 (7th Street between Market & Chestnut).  And a little more about it:
Independence Branch: Named for its proximity to Independence National Park, this branch serves people who live in Society Hill, Old City, Queen Village, Washington Square West, and Chinatown. It also serves many lunchtime visitors from Center City.

     The address and the description of where the patrons generally come from tells me what I wanted to know.  And those areas include some nice neighborhoods, if you haven't been there.