Never underestimate the power of a good book title: you call something “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts,” you will have my respectful attention. And then when you write a Wall Street Journal article about Abdel Kader Haidara, mild-mannered Hero Librarian and book-smuggler… yeah. I’ll pre-order that. For great justice.
And so, adieu to The Monster At The End Of This Book.