God forbid street people should be in the library

An unfortunate simile in the Book Review‘s little meta-section last Sunday:

On this week’s cover, Nunberg reviews “The Information,” James Gleick’s sprawling history of communications technology . . . Nunberg is skeptical of notions of “information overload,” but does admit to moments of tech-induced befuddlement. “I fancy myself a dab hand at Google, but it drives me crazy . . . [W]e’ve collapsed all these channels and categories that used to be distinct, so that nothing is where it’s supposed to be. It’s as if we’ve torn down the walls of the library, and now the reading room is full of street people.”

Adds Kyle, a lifelong Bostonian, “First of all, the reading room of the library is full of street people.”