Fans of the Toronto Public Library (TPLFans) came into being in March 2009. I began by writing about the many things I love about the Toronto Public Library. In 2012, this blog adopted a new strapline: “Scabrous, uncompromising defence of the Toronto Public Library.” And boy, do I mean it.
The library is under relentless attack from the right-wing philistines who dominate City Council and the library’s own board. There’s a groundswell of public opposition to these philistines’ planned decimation of the library. Leading intellectuals, like Margaret Atwood and many other authors, have opposed such decimation. What’s missing is somebody wielding ACT UP–like tactics, with bullhorns and combat boots, to stop the gutting of Toronto’s most cherished city service.
I’m Joe Clark, a writer and curmudgeon here in Toronto. I’m the one willing to go out on a limb and defend the library, often in scathing and flatly offensive terms. I don’t see anybody else with the guts to do it.
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