Neil Gaiman: Libraries are ‘cultural seed corn’

In this interview with Toby Litt, British author Neil Gaiman talks about the immense value of libraries and describes himself as a “feral child who was raised in libraries.” He notes that he was three or four when he first started visiting his local library and was “hooked” at the point that he could persuade his parents to take him to the library and leave him there.

Mr. Gaiman talks about the relevance of libraries to everyday life, expressing concern that 45% of poor white boys in Britain, for example, have problems reading and are unable to read for pleasure. He comments, “For me, closing libraries is the equivalent of eating your seed corn to save a little money.”


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