The April 1, 2007 issue of Booklist just landed on my desk. Because I am not a book selector any more, I generally look at Will Manley's column and browse the table of contents before I pass it on. In this issue, Will title is "Libraries, Bookstores, and Classics." It is an interesting and thoughtful look at trends in public libraries and bookstores over the past couple of decades. He talks about the irony of the changes.
"The Back Page" is by Booklist editor Bill Ott. His topic is irony, and how he has to work hard to determine irony.
I found the juxtaposition of the two items ironic.