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Our mistake, perhaps, has been to look upon a library as an all-encompassing and neutral space. Any library is, by definition, the result of a choice, necessarily limited in its scope. The earliest Mesopotamian libraries we know of, leading back to the third millennium BC, were born under these conditions.Like that long-ago school library, every library
contains texts that escape the librarians\' vigilance
and are secretly subversive, because
subversiveness, much like proverbial beauty, lies in
the eye of the beholder.