Under the stress of current events, at a time when the country is occupied with discussion over foreign policy and Presidential primaries, a marked diminution of interest in current literature is noticeable. While the reviews and political journals in the libraries are in constant use, the new fiction and literary magazines, as well as heavier books of lasting merit, are being neglected.
In the present day of utility and swift progress, it is genuinely necessary to keep up with the times. The daily papers, however, serve more to confuse than to clarify our knowledge; and digests are a necessary means of co-ordinating information. But from journals alone we cannot keep in touch with the variations of feelings, the shadings of human nature, and the intellectual influence which come only from reading high class literature. In the library at the Union there is a table devoted to recent literary publications, and an evening now and again spent at this table, even at the loss of a few hours from the periodical room, is well worth the investment.