Finding Aid Friday: Love for The Cooking Gene

Michael W. Twitty’s first book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, was released August 1, 2017. Twitty, an African-American culinary historian, traces his family tree back to his ancestors’ first steps on New World soil. He explores the possibilities of who came from where based on family lore, DNA testing, and the history of human migration — and … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Love for The Cooking Gene

Finding Aid Friday: Curious George and the Reys

Like many children, my kids are fans of Curious George, that cheeky little monkey brought to life by H.A. and Margret Rey. The Liberty Science Center will soon be closing an interactive exhibition, Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!, on George, his world, and all the fun things little monkeys of both the human and non-human cartoon primate-kind can learn from it. It’s not just fun and games, … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Curious George and the Reys

On the Other Side of the Window: Being an Archives Researcher

It’s different being a researcher in an archive as opposed to being an archivist in your own archive. I guess it can be likened to being a guest in someone’s home in a different country and culture: You’re not sure where things are, what exactly you’re supposed to do, or what’s going to happen. You just hope to not fumble around like an idiot or break things. … Continue reading On the Other Side of the Window: Being an Archives Researcher

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

On My LIS Book Shelf

This past weekend I did some spring cleaning and re-housed old professional development handouts. I’ve got an itty-bitty bunch of outdated library and information science (LIS) stuff. It does not make for a pretty shelfie. Archives books are expensive for grad students and new professionals, even moreso to a non-SAA member on a hardcore budget. The texts I bought in grad school were sold the day after final exams so … Continue reading On My LIS Book Shelf

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