On Books on Display: Queens Museum Edition

As a good library school graduate, I try to look for books everywhere I go: stores, other people’s homes, museums. Especially museums. There’s no better place for books to be available for browsing and display than at a museum. My recent trip to the Queens Museum for their exhibition on the Ramones was no exception. (Seriously, if you’re in Queens go and see it. And … Continue reading On Books on Display: Queens Museum Edition

Library Brag!! And a Quick Book Review

I liked my library —  until today. Now I love it. My four-year-old managed to dissipate a library book, Dora’s Costume Party, into thin air. For the past two months we’ve been unable to find it. Every book in the kids’ shelf has been pulled and shaken. Every book in my case has been sifted through. The couch cushions were checked; the toy bins have been dumped … Continue reading Library Brag!! And a Quick Book Review

On Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George: A Book Review

Spoiler alert: He’s dead. Now that that’s out of the way, Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George? is a collection of road stories, biographies, and anecdotes from and on the first golden age of American professional wrestling, written by former Sports Illustrated writer Joe Jares. His father wrestled professionally thought the United States as The Thing, among various other monikers, and Jares shares the tales his dad told him on summer … Continue reading On Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George: A Book Review

On Ponies, Plumbers, and a Pissed-Off Librarian

My four-year-old loves books. She can’t read yet, but she loves them. She makes us read them to her, she’ll memorize what we say, then she “reads” it back to us with her own personal spin. I love this. Like many other four-year-old girls, she also loves My Little Pony. She makes us read her My Little Pony books, she’ll memorize what we say (my … Continue reading On Ponies, Plumbers, and a Pissed-Off Librarian

On the Book Haul Breakdown, or My 2016 TBR List

I told my husband that I wanted something from my Amazon wish list for Christmas. My wish list is, in many ways, a living, breathing expression of my academic and intellectual interests over a ten year period. Its ebbs (the inclusion of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series was when my interest in cerebral development was at its lowest*) and flows (population politics in Italy) are reflected in the … Continue reading On the Book Haul Breakdown, or My 2016 TBR List

On My Christmas Book Haul, or Book-a-palooza 2015

What happens when the person responsible for buying Christmas presents for the family (and giving ideas when others ask what to buy the family) holds a library school degree? Books. Lots of them. For my son, a six year old boy who likes Star Wars, superheroes, dinosaurs and LEGOs? Books. And my daughter? A four year old who likes ponies and My Little Pony, Fluttershy, Doc McStuffins, fairytales, … Continue reading On My Christmas Book Haul, or Book-a-palooza 2015

On Reading in Museums, or Books on Display

Books in museums are usually like this: On display, in a case, glare obscuring certain parts, unable to be explored further than the page the curator chose. Sometimes, though, there are displays that encourage visitors to get a feel for the book. Maybe even add a few lines for other guests to enjoy. Museums that do double duty as research institutions sometimes have conservation labs on exhibit that provide reading materials for … Continue reading On Reading in Museums, or Books on Display

On Romancing the Stacks at #SAA15, or Archival Supply Porn: Literary Edition

Since there seems to be in influx of snarky ladies (and the people who love them) visiting the blog, I thought I’d bump up one of my favorite posts, originally published August 31, 2015. Consider it fodder for a boring, dreary, drizzly Friday when you’d rather do anything else but work. Sit and ponder the stories below and the myriad of ways a glass of … Continue reading On Romancing the Stacks at #SAA15, or Archival Supply Porn: Literary Edition