24 October 2010
During a visit to one library we were shown several rooms full of books that had been donated by American libraries. I was going to say "well-meaning" but deleted it. Going for the jugular instead.
I was embarrassed by what I saw. What a load of crap. Moldy books, dime-store romances falling apart, incomplete Worldbook sets from 1982, a coffee-stained Commodore 64 manual etc etc.
Are you kidding me? What consummate arrogance! That we think our trash would be someone else's treasure.
"Oh, they're just learning English so it doesn't matter."