We English majors … need to promote public libraries as a tool in the war against terror. How many readers of Edith Wharton have engaged in terrorist acts? … Do we need to wait until our cities lie in smoking ruins before we wake up to the fact that a first-class library is a vital link in national defense?

— garrison keillor, “The old scout: edith Wharton and the war on terror,” 16 august 2005

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