Reading Britannica in the Bronx

Here's an interesting piece in today's New York Times on the importance of the Encyclopedia Britannica to Judge Sotomayer, recently nominated by Barak Obama to the Supreme Court. Sotomayer grew up in the Bronx and she makes clear that it was reading, and the importance placed on knowledge, that helped her get up and out. One of my own earliest reading memories centred around an old encyclopedia given to me by an old man in a pub in Hulme, I had been sat there half bored to death, whilst my Mum slowly drunk her lager!

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