The Problem With Abundance | Charles Rafferty

The Library of Congress started out with 740 books. Now there are 838 miles of filled shelves. At one time we could have contained what the library contained. Now we are awash in what we can never read. Sitting here on my bench, among the pigeons and the indigent, I feel like a monkey about to enter a freighter breaking apart on the American sandbar. It is packed to the ceiling with bananas and plums. The weatherman calls for flies.

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