The hay day of lobbyist lunches and free tickets to sporting events has long since passed for Hill staffers, but one perk that remains is the privilege of borrowing books from the Library of Congress.
Hill staff can reserve a book online, then it's delivered straight to their office. A phone call is made to schedule the book's return. I count this as the best perk of my job, and I request books from the LOC nearly every week.
I guess that because the request is going to the LOC, the prettiest building in town, the home of all the smart government researchers, that there's a little weight behind the borrow. That's why when I do check out things like Rob Lowe's bio and anything by Nora Roberts I do so with just a tad of shame. Not that I'm embarassed to admit reading those kinds of books...but to check them out from the Library of Congress? I mean, I do it, but it feels a little frivolous.
Or at least it did...
Here I was worried that every other Congressional staffer was checking out The Art of War, memoirs of former Presidents or something by Peggy Noonan at least. Nope. Vision in White is wait listed!!!! That means I'm not the only pseudo-intellectual borrowing romance novels of the most common sort from our country's greatest library.
I can't tell you how much better this makes me feel about msyelf.