Whoever said that Americans don’t like to read hasn’t spent a lot of time in Bay Area public libraries. Anyone who thinks that African Americans don’t read has never been to the public libraries in Oakland. While some folks are definitely there for the free internet, most people are browsing in the stacks. I saw the man in this drawing while I was walking through the fiction stacks at the main Oakland branch. For the background of this drawing, I pasted in and manipulated a painting of a bookshelf by the 18th century Italian artist Guiseppi Maria Cresti.