Green lamps for reading, in Bates Hall, Boston Public Library
by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB
Dear Trustees of the Boston Public Library:
Chairman Robert E Gallery, Vice Chairman Evelyn Arana-Ortiz, and Board Members Zamawa Arenas, Cheryl Cronin, Laura DeBonis, Carol Fulp, John Hailer, Paul A La Camera, and Byron Rushing.
Greetings from the Antipodes!
By chance I read something online today that struck me as sacrilegious toward the BPL. I want to call your attention to this matter. It is an item appearing in the Cape Cod Times of Dec 21, 2015. It reports that a man and wife from Brewster have engaged a sculptor named Sean Egan to make two crystal works of art in memory of persons who died at the Marathon.
As I am sure you know, the bombing that took place outside the Library building on April 15, 2013 was done by a covert agency — not by the Tsarnaev brothers as is so cruelly portrayed in the press.
The Brewster man, Ralph Ingegneris, said it broke his heart when he heard about the death of the child, Martin Richard. He said “What made me sick is that they left the bomb right next to him.”
Some day when word reaches the Ingegneris’s that the “they” who left the bomb are persons on the government payroll, I imagine they will take it very hard. At the moment I shall not attempt to persuade them, or even contact them. The majority of Bostonians—incredibly, to my eyes – seem to have accepted the official story about the Tsarnaevs.
I grew up in Dorchester where my father, a Boston Public School teacher, took my sister and me to Boston Public Library once a week. Sometimes he took us to Copley Square but more often to the Coddy or the Addy (in Dad’s parlance), i.e., the Codman Square Branch and the Adams Street Branch.
I never got over my love of books and have authored eight of them myself. Four of them, published by university presses, are right there in your stacks. Oh, I can smell the stacks now. Oh I can taste freedom of thought and expression. How lucky we Bostonians are!
So now to the business at hand. The Brewster couple said that one of the sculptures will be of Sean Collier, the deceased campus cop, and thus will be housed at MIT. The other does not yet have a home but may do so by April. They said State Rep Timothy Whelan is “eyeing” the Boston Public Library.
Please, you can’t accept this. I mean you could certainly accept it and display it as part of a teach-in to show the truth about the Marathon bombing. E’en tho’ I be 10, 000 miles away, I would show up at your command to assist in that effort. And there are many like me, including Emeritus Professor of Biology Moti Nissani, and Cheryl Dean, a citizen who has followed the legal machinations of the case with absolute commitment to bringing out the truth.
Indeed, now that I think of it, the decision as to whether the BPL should house the sculpture could itself be the occasion for some much-needed soul-searching in Beantown. For starters, it could bring about a lively debate just on the subject of free speech. You must have noticed a falling off in borrowers at your library. This happens when the public is inundated with propaganda in the form of info-tainment.
Sure it’s a sad thought that some naughty group has committed such crimes as 9-11. I see that the percentage of doubters in New York is about to hit 51%, making ‘conspiracy theory’ a more orthodox position than the official story. That will be quite a relief, and may turn the tide for the other ‘conspiracies.’
Please, the library has got to be at the forefront as regards the Boston conspiracy. Even if we were to speak only of your traditional responsibility to guard the knowledge of the past, that would well encompass the task related to sorting out the Marathon problem. There is many a book on your shelves that could be used for this. But the point of this letter is to say that, at the very least, you must not take part in the deceiving of the people.
I mentioned “sacrilege.” For the sculpture to be displayed at the Library, with a general understanding that the bombing was done by Tamerlan Tsarnaev (who was in fact subsequently murdered by the FBI) or by the younger brother Dzhokhar who is presently on Death Row, would be a sin beyond sins.
Let Fenway Park take the sculpture. Let it stand on Boston Common. Let Widener Library at Harvard house it. Anywhere but the Boston Public Library.