Reflections on Independence Day

Shortly after I graduated from law school and began working as an attorney in San Francisco, I experienced something that might be described as a kind of cultural epiphany. I realized that I had spent so much of my youth engrossed in the literature, history and culture of western Europe that I had little knowledge … Read more

Why Our Public Library Matters

When I was growing up in San Mateo in the 1960s I was blessed to live within easy walking distance of the city’s public library. On weekends and during summer vacations I probably spent more time there than anywhere else. My middle school and high school years were a period in which I explored my … Read more