I was quite impressed to receive this e-mail from New York Public Library 4 days before my book was due back. In spite of this sort of capability, when I did return the volume the person in front of me was paying an overdue fine of $18.50, without apparent demur.

03-09-14 10:

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The footnote : a curious history

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