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This article was prepared for the May 12, 2004 issue of U.S. 1
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Between the Lines
Back in January when John McPhee’s Pine Barrens was selected to be the
book that everyone would read this year, OneBook New Jersey began
pummeling U.S. 1 and, we suppose, all the newspapers with a public
relations campaign. Of course we will write about it, we replied. In
our own time.
In February and March, when the new Princeton Public Library was
nearing the end of its construction, there were pressures to write
about it. In April, the supposed move-in date, the pressures
increased. Of course we will write about it, we said. The right time
Meanwhile we were sitting on wonderful stories on related topics.
Carolyn Foote Edelmann had submitted a piece on a nature tour of the
Pine Barrens (complete with driving directions). Bart Jackson wrote
about a hike on the Batona Trail (also complete with directions). And
Flora Davis interviewed one of Princeton’s most interesting artists,
Maggi Johnson, on her work commissioned for the new library.
To this, we had added Edward Tenner’s think piece on the future of
books. "Ten years ago the printed word seemed a noble anachronism
crushed between televised entertainment and burgeoning electronic
information resources," says Tenner. "But today, many would-be
replacements of books have vanished, while conventional print marches
Here it is, the second week in May, and our "Bullish on Books" package
is complete. We are glad we waited, because we are right in time for
the big event. At the library’s grand opening celebration on Saturday,
May 15, McPhee is scheduled to read and Johnson is scheduled to speak.
(See page 24 for the listings of the day’s activities. See page 30 for
No, we were not first to report on the new library. But you can judge
our effort for yourself. The other people with a verdict to offer are
surely the neighboring merchants in downtown Princeton, who have been
thirsty for foot traffic during the long reconstruction period.
To the Editor
I’ve been interviewed more than 100 times in my life, and I think the
interview by Kathleen McGinn Spring is the best ever (U.S. 1, April
14). Not just because its a positive piece about WorldWater, but
because it reflects a true picture of what we do, how we do it, and
the momentum driving us. You captured the personalities and the spirit
of the individuals as well as the company "corporata" (that’s the
Latin equivalent of "persona" for a company – I just made that up).
CEO, Worldwater Corp.
Thank you for Frank Rivera’s perceptive and very detailed article
about the exhibit of Fiber Art in the Montgomery Center for the Arts
(U.S. 1, April 28). Your personal interview with the artist and your
visuals added greatly to the understanding of the show.
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