Archive for October, 2009

Pumpkin Eaters

I find this to be hilariously accurate, given my youth spent in Germany and Belgium, and my college years in Germany and France. My brother had a very firm grasp of Fasching, which involves dressing up and parties, but not begging for candy; he was rather shaky on the whole concept of Halloween until we moved back to the US.

And via the Inkwell Bookstore blog, here are a slew of literary masks and costumes. Happy Halloween!

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Sendak on Sendak

An NPR broadcast featuring several interviews with Sendak: Looking Back On ‘Wild Things’ With Maurice Sendak

The sort of infamous Newsweek interview where Sendak says what he really thinks (and I tend to agree with him): ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

Here’s my Wild Things poster I bought a few years ago in New York, and have in my library:

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Let Them Eat Cake!

I had a different post all lined up for today, but then had to rearrange things a bit because Cake Wrecks (possibly the best blog ever) has more pictures of wrecky Twilight cakes.


The Twilight Zone

And here’s Jen’s original Twilight post: The Twilight of Our Discontent

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Beware the Viscous Giraffe!

Second Annual Viscous Giraffe Awareness Day

Double-blind university studies have proven that viscous giraffes only become a serious problem when people are uninformed about their potential to wreak havoc. Don’t let your friends suffer the consequences – only you can prevent the proliferation of heinous viscous giraffe incidents!

Do your part to spread the word, and help us prevent this sticky problem from gumming things up!

Only through this heightened awareness will we spread better awareness of the problem of which we need to be more aware. Thank you for doing your part.

Don’t let gelatinous camelopards catch you unawares!!

More information can be found here.

(Not valid in Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe, or Staten Island)

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I saw this at the grocery store yesterday, and just couldn’t resist taking a picture. I originally posted this to Twitter, but my picture got eaten. 😦

The other signs were more standard (“Romance,” “Best Seller,” etc) and did not warrant a picture. But “Famous Author” was simply too good to pass up!

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Henry V

This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian:’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

(4, iii)

Henry V’s Greatest Victory Is Besieged by Academia


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I finally got my last book! Dull Boy arrived today; I am looking forward to reading it. (Although probably not for a while yet, as I have an alarming stack of books on my nightstand already. Oh, and another one on my desk at work.)

Sarah Cross’ website and blog

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"Om Shanti Om"

Om Prakash Makhija is an aspiring junior artist in 1970s Bollywood. He’s convinced that he could be a star some day, if only he could get his big break (and perhaps change his name, as his best friend Pappu advises). He’s also hopelessly in love with Shanti, the heroine of the moment. Through a series of remarkable coincidences, Om manages to not only meet Shanti, but to become her friend.

And then he finds out some truths that hurt, and other truths that are deadly.

Cut to today: Om Kapoor is the son of Rajesh Kapoor; both of them are top stars. Om is a spoiled brat, and not nearly as important as he thinks he is. But suddenly, Om realizes that he might have more to offer than anyone, including himself, ever suspected.

“For some love stories one lifetime is not enough…”

I love this movie. It’s utterly over the top, but somehow, despite all of the excess, the story is told in a remarkably effective way. Farah Khan, the director, has been a top choreographer for many many years, and it shows in the songs–they are absolutely fantastic! My very favorite song tells the ENTIRE PLOT, including massive spoilers, so here’s my second favorite song:

Official movie site

Source: personal copy

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Fame and Glory

Last Thursday, a wonderful thing happened at the library. Sadly though, I wasn’t there to experience it.

Apparently, one of the teens we like had a birthday party; one of the party activities was a scavenger hunt. A photo scavenger hunt! The party goers were supposed to take a picture with me, Librarian DOA, Cleery, or Carol the Reader. (Yes, we were all identified by name. Apparently, tween thinks we’re all awesome!) Only Cleery was there that evening, however, so she got all the glory.

And now for something completely different: Things Librarians Fancy

I’m not guilty of *all* of these things, thank heaven! Just, um, half of them.

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Library Videos

Libraries and Librarians Get Creative on YouTube

More Libraries and Librarians Get Creative on YouTube

My favorites of the favorites:

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