I do hope that everyone reading this knows the story of the little boy and the emperor. As an youngster I was already drawn to my present profession. I'm a librarian and I've been that for almost twenty years. Now I have to cry out... HELP!!! The whole system of public libraries or even books to read at school is becoming an absurdity. Gently but steadily we're heading into the mindless nothingness that is mediocrity. Libraries are spending their money now on games and gaming rooms, teachers ask their pupils to read pulp fiction, etc. Long time ago someone wrote that the center can't hold, well darlings, the center isn't there any more. There's nothing to hold us back to falling once more into a society in which high culture is only for the very few. The fact that really good writer's just pass away and aren't even mentioned any more is only symptom of the disease that is spreading all over the western world. Why, oh why, aren't there more people standing up. I want a Michael Moore for culture and the arts please whose books are a delight to read as Gore Vidal's essays were. Is essay writing dead by the way? No need to check if this content is inappropriate for children under 18 because it's very much their future that hangs in the balance now. More people need to make a stand against it all. Get the masses moving towards high culture is essential to the existence of our civilization. This will matter for our future, and nothing else will.