An interesting radio prog. Can’t beat a bit of Borges. Condensed story telling. My biggest regret/concern about the nature of libraries these days is not necessarily down to the change in actual content [though this is increasingly poor]. It is more the change in décor. By which I mean the change in architecture; both the interior design and the furniture. Modern [though extremely useful] technology, and design is rather cool and detached compared to the old style library of card index draws, wooden shelves with carved finials, loan stamps, low level lighting, hushed voices, etc. In other words a very physical, almost spiritual experience; as opposed to a very ‘commercial’, quick picks experience. No, the perfect library is a a haven of silence cosseted by monolithic stacks in a labyrinth of intimate rooms housing books that at least metaphorically need chaining down. One fears however that apart from great academic libraries [which no member of the public visits] all such places will be lost within a generation? I believe the popularity of visits to old houses/castles/historic interiors is not down to idle curiosity, but to some kind of longing for engagement with a now sadly lost ‘reflective’ atmosphere which the modern world rarely offers?