Mississippi Library

fried-chicken

Am spending part of today in Columbia, Mississippi’s very own library.

Which is terrible.

I love a good library, and I cherish a great library. This one, however, is thin. Beyond thin. Nice people, a bunch of computers, some books—but just really, well, meh. Not so hot. I traveled a long way to come here, and I’m bummed. Which sucks.

That said, while here I ate at an incredible place. There’s a restaurant that’s been around for 40 years called The Round Table. You walk in and, literally, are seated at an enormous round table with oodles of Southern grub—okra, fried chicken, myriad pies, dozens of vegetables cooked in some sort of pig fat (as a dude who doesn’t eat pork, not my thing. But people love it). What I love about the south is the casualness of it all. At The Round Table you walk in and plop a seat at this round table, next to other people at the round table. Nobody feels like a stranger; everyone chats over sweet tea and hardening arteries. When you want something from the other side of the table, you just grab hold and spin until it reaches your setting. Way groovy.

Anyhow, having lived in Nashville for 2 1/2 years, I’m familiar in the ways of Dixie. Much I never cared for. The food, however, is dazzling.

5 thoughts on “Mississippi Library”

  1. Jeff, there is no such thing as a terrible library. Even the thinnest library can inspire a kid from a small town to develop a love of learning.

    In these days, with so many idiots among us, and so many people who are incapable of critical thinking, any library is an invaluable resource.

    Also, it’s Columbia, MS. There’s no money there to develop a great collection, I am pretty sure. They’re likely doing all they can.

  2. Yes Jeff as an avid reader of your blog and Nashvillian, I am curious as to what it is about Dixie you didn’t care for.

    I happen to think my city is one of the best in America. More often than not I share your political views; however I do not share your East Coast smugness. A smugness shared by many folks from the North about all things Southern.

    I also do not share their (often incorrect) preconceived notions of the South. Not everyone down here rides around in old pickup trucks and votes for people who carry shotguns in their political ads.

    Since you lived here I imagine you know this; I would hope you would not perpetuate this stereotype of all southerners.

  3. You didn’t say why you travelled so far to visit the Columbia library. ?? All state/locally funded organizations are struggling with huge budget cuts–it’s a miracle any libraries in the state are still open, much less buying books, etc. I hope you spent lots of money while visiting!

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