This week on the bookish internet

  • Jessica Leigh Hester reports on the librarians who answer impossible questions about the books we can’t quite remember. (Atlas Obscura)
  • Ayşegül Savaş shares her writerly experiences as a story-collector. (LitHub)
  • Livia Gershon writes about the mental dangers of being a librarian in the Victorian era. (Judging by the #librarylife stories, some patrons still seem to be trying to drive librarians ’round the bend.) (Daily JSTOR)
  • Rena Olsen argues in favor of well-rounded villains that you could find yourself rooting for. (Signature)
  • Readers have heard this before, but it’s always nice to be reminded that reading stories has been scientifically demonstrated to help us develop empathy for others. (LitHub)

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