The dream of capturing and organizing knowledge is as old as history. From the archives of ancient Sumeria and the Library of Alexandria to the Library of Congress and Wikipedia, humanity has wrestled with the problem of harnessing its intellectual output. The timeless quest for wisdom has been as much about information storage and retrieval as creative genius. In Cataloging the World, Alex Wright introduces us to a figure who stands out in the long line of thinkers and idealists who devoted themselves to the task.
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This issue contains seven articles: "Ask the Iraqis", by Lawrence Wright; "Having One for Che", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "The Well-Tempered Web", by Alex Ross; "Fallen Idols", by David Denby; "Sparky from St. Paul", by John Updike; "A Paler Shade of White", by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Nocturnes", by Anthony Lane.