“306.77086642: Gay men and sexual practices,” read one sign on the wall in the back room at Greenpoint’s Blackout Bar last Friday evening.
The number was not a bi-annual statistic of Pastor Eddie Long’s sexual
conquests, but an actual Dewey Decimal system number, mounted for a
fundraising party held by Qu(e)ry, an organization of queer librarians.
Crowded with lens-wearing queer-leaning guys, girls and everything in
between, a lot of singles drifted around with longing, if not somewhat
Although not a librarian, NYU anthropology PhD student Robert Chang was
one of several bespectacled wallflowers leaning against the sign, and
admitted to having a soft spot for librarians. “I appreciate them, I am
copped to having gotten a bit nasty in several libraries: “Never my home
institution,” said the former Fulbright scholar, “but in a school
upstate, I did get sexy near the dissertations.”
as most of the librarians present agreed with the fetish for sexy eye
apparel, they also believe that the Dewey Decimal system is no longer en
vogue with the hip set.
“I use the Library of Congress, since I work in an academic library,” said Julia, a
Qu(e)ery volunteer who was using her reference librarian expertise and a
laptop to predict people’s futures. “Dewey’s structure has some biases
in it, so most academic libraries prefer LOC. You’re going to make me
sound like an asshole!” Never! But she did clear up one thing about the
bespectacled hipster fetish: “Really, it’s just like, I’m nearsighted. I
need the glasses, people. We’re librarians. You want us nearsighted.”
Seeking some wisdom from someone outside of the field, I consulted heavily tattooed go-go boy (and pirate look-alike) Calvin Clamshell, who
was sporting a full beard to offset his three nose piercings and
rhinestone eyeliner. “The smell of musty old books can be sexy,” he told
me, pausing from his gyrations. “Besides, isn’t there something
inherently exhibitionistic about reading in public?” I pondered this as
the tassel hanging from his crotch nearly whipped my face.
The evening’s main organizer, a bespectacled, white-button-down-complete-with-pocket-protector digital archivist called Amber Billey, shed
the most light on the sexiness of librarians and why she and her
polysexual crew of nerds were throwing the shindig (their second event,
she pointed out).
are sexy because we provide access to information. Information is
powerful, and what is sexier than a little bit of power?” But seriously,
have you ever felt sexy in a library?
graduated Pratt, and Debbie Does Dallas was shot in the Pratt Library.
Personally, have I ever had a good time in a library? I’m just gonna say