Librarians: Like a Biker Gang, but with political savvy and shushing.

Parks & Recreation season 1-3 is one of my favourite pieces of television of recent years and I would recommend that, if you haven’t done so already, you should watch it. It tells the story of the parks department in small town fictional USA: Leslie Knope is the workaholic, principled deputy director; Ron Swanson is her libertarian superior who believes in scaled-back government and thinks that “fish meat is basically a vegetable” (look up “Ron Swanson’s pyramid of greatness” and you will see). There are various other friends and colleagues, ridiculous situations and a hilarious rivalry with the libraries department  (mostly due to the fact that Ron’s “sex-crazed librarian ex-wife” works there).

I have to admit this: I really love the Parks and Recreation libraries rivalry storyline. Here are some quotations, starting with my personal favourite:

“The library is the worst group of people ever assembled in history. They’re mean, conniving, rude, and extremely well read, which makes them very dangerous”

”Pawnee’s library department are the most diabolical, ruthless bunch of bureaucrats I’ve ever seen. They’re like a biker gang, but instead of shotguns and crystal meth, they use political savvy and shushing.”

Ron: “Tammy is a mean person. She’s a grade-A bitch. Every time she laughs, an angel dies. Even telemarketers avoid her. Her birth was payback for the sins of man, but you know the worst thing about her?” Leslie: “She works for the library.”

What I take from this is the following:

Librarians: Like a Biker Gang, but with political savvy and shushing.


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