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Literary democracy in action: 'The Little Free Library Book'
Literary democracy in action: 'The Little Free Library Book'

I’m a sucker for a Little Free Library. It is, to me, an almost perfect expression of literary democracy: Take a book, return a book, reading not as commodity exchange but exchange of identity, of ideas. Not long ago, I visited one in Echo Park, which revealed itself as a kind of mirror to its community -- a few books about parenthood, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, “The Woman Warrior” by Maxine Hong Kingston. To look at those titles was like standing in some collective living room, perusing the books on the shelves for clues. This is one of the things books offer us, a way into each other’s lives, each other’s passions; it is why the bookcase is the first...

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