Zadie Smith’s most recent novel is NW.
The World’s Masterpieces: Italian Painting by Michalena Le Frere Carroll and Frances Cavanah
My Struggle: Book One by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett
My Struggle: Book Two: A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett
Taipei by Tao Lin
The Clock a film by Christian Marclay
The Social Network a film directed by David Fincher, with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
Remainder by Tom McCarthy
The BBC Talks of E.M. Forster, 1929–1960 edited by Mary Lago, Linda K. Hughes, and Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, with a foreword by P.N. Furbank
I don’t think the argument in favor of libraries is especially ideological or ethical. I would even agree with those who say it’s not especially logical. I think for most people it’s emotional. Not logos or ethos but pathos. This is not a denigration: emotion also has a place in public policy. We’re humans, not robots.