Archive for January, 2011


If only I were crafty! How To Turn Your Book into a Handbag

I bought this, and sad to say, I am very very bad at it. Librarian: The Game

It’s higly entertaining. Adorable Kids With Obsolete Technology

If I lived anywhere near Portland, I would patronize this store. Microcosm Zine Store in Portland Will Exchange Real Books For Unwanted Kindles!

I’ll be buying this lunchbox too! Wanna be a superhero?

Many excellent selections listed on From the Library: 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader [ETA: there was a kerfluffle about triggers and the appropriateness of some of the titles on the list; three books were removed. I disagree with the reasons behind the removal, and I disagree that it was necessary. Hence my redaction of the link. More on the issue from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Chasing Ray, and Liz B.]

One more reason to love Philip Pullman: Philip Pullman’s call to defend libraries resounds around web (Full text of his speech here.)

The sound isn’t great, but it’s amusing nonetheless. Bonus: we now use Symphony too (don’t get me started), so I recreated this search at work and got basically the same results. Whee!

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Dam it!

So there’s a lot of snow in Minnesota, and many people are experiencing leaks due to the charming and delightful physics of ice dams. Because my home library/office ceiling decided to start dripping water sometime Thursday morning, I joined the ranks of the leaking, damp, and annoyed. Homeownership is fun! (Luckily only three books were damaged, and none of them are irreplaceable; I shudder to think what would have happened if I had discovered the leak after work, rather than before.)

But because I had to pull all of the books off of two cases–as well as move several floor stacks–it got me thinking about my library. And its idiosyncratic organization. I know where my books are, and I can find what I want quickly, but Mr Lush is utterly stymied by it. I don’t think I’m ever going to embrace a strictly-alphabetical-by-author-system at home, but I might possibly be willing to consider a slightly more logical one.

I’ve been meaning to replace a skinny case with a larger one, and then reorganize everything, for quite a while. I was vaguely planning on perhaps doing this in the spring or summer, but things appear to have been bumped up a bit. This will also give me the opportunity to weed my collection; I really ought to get rid of a few books, if for no other reason that I’m running out of room to store them properly. And do I really and truly need to keep those college text books the bookstore wouldn’t buy back? Probably not. If I can weed ruthlessly at work with no compunctions, I can surely do it at home too.

This is obviously not a viable long-term solution.

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My friend Jazi gave me a very nerdy and totally awesome Twelfth Night present. She gave me a copy of Bmabi.

In the original German.

I think at one point I knew that the Disney film had been based on a book, and I might even had known that the book had originally been published in German. But that knowledge had long since been lost in the mists of time.

Until I opened my present, and shrieked and bounced in excitement.

I can’t want to read it!

AND there’s a sequel, which I will have to track down.

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via Bookshelves of Doom

This is pretty neat, if you care about translation. It’s always interesting to hear how different translators do their work, and then compare it to what I do. When Done Right, Little Gets Lost In Translation

At least some of the people want to read their pretty books, and not just look at them. But still. Selling a Book by Its Cover

I think I need this shirt! If only it weren’t yellow… Reading is for Awesome People

Pretty self-explanatory from the title: Buy India a Library

*snicker* Profile of a Twitter User

Fabulous podcast with Neil Gaiman, AS Byatt, and Salman Rushdie. The Uses of Enchantment

Fair enough; everyone needs a little bit of trash sometimes. Why We Love Bad Writing

Again, fairly self-explanatory. How to Read

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The reason for this picture is here. (Via Liz B.)


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Khalujan and Babban are two criminals on the run from their boss Mushtaq. Desperate for a place to hide, they eventually find themselves at their old friend Verma’s compound. Unfortunately, Verma is dead, but his widow Krishna agrees to hide them. Before too long, both men are courting her, but Krishna’s true feelings are anything but obvious. And then the money that Khalujan and Babban stole from Mushtaq and hid in the compound is missing, and cannot be found. Suspicions and accusations fly. Krishna eventually convinces them to kidnap a wealthy businessman so that Mushtaq can be paid off (with enough left over for the three of them, of course). But as events quickly spiral out of control, it becomes clear that Krishna is ruthlessly pursuing her own personal agenda.

Is Krishna playing both men for fools? Will Khalujan and Babban manage to get the money they need to pay off Mushtaq? Is the metaphoric gun that was prominently featured in the first act destined to go off? How will it all end???

I knew the very basics of the story before I watched this, but holy cats. There were so many twisty plot turns, and so many possible ways for the story to end, that the movie ended up being absolutely nothing like I expected. It was AWESOME. Jazi and Libby and I spent the last 45 minutes of the film desperately trying to figure out what was going to happen–we never ever guessed right, but all three of us agreed that that made the film even better. It was utterly unpredictable, in the best possible way, but everything did make sense once the credits finally rolled.

And now I need to watch it again to catch all the tricksy foreshadowing.

The opening credits are over a song about Ibn Battuta. I mean, come on, how can this movie be anything but fabulous!

I’m fond of both Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, and neither disappointed here. Vidya Balan was also excellent, and I clearly need to see more movies with her. As an added bonus, I got to practice my, er, colloquial Hindi–thanks to several books I’ve read, I usually knew what the coy “…” in the subtitles meant. Jazi and Libby appreciated my knowledge.

Source: personal copy

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Bink and Gollie are the best of friends despite–or perhaps because of–their very different approaches to life, the universe, and pretty much everything. They remind me a lot of Piggie and Gerald, not to mention Frog and Toad.

“Don’t You Need a New Pair of Socks?”

“It’s a sock bonanza!” said Bink.
“Indeed it is,” said Gollie. “An extremely bright sock bonanza.”
“I’ll take this pair,” said Bink.
“Bink,” said Gollie, “the brightness of those socks pains me. I beg you not to purchase them.”
“I can’t wait to put them on,” said Bink.

“P.S. I’ll Be Back Soon”

“I cannot talk right now,” said Gollie.
“Why not?” said Bink.
“Because,” said Gollie, “I am high in the pure air of the Andes Mountain.”
“All righty, then,” said Bink.

“Give a Fish a Home”

“Fred wants to roller-skate,” said Bink. “Fred longs for speed.”
“Fish know nothing of longing,” said Gollie.
“Some fish do,” said Bink. “Some fish long.”

I found all three stories absolutely delightful; the illustrations are marvelous as well. This is a beginning reader, so the text is short and to the point, but it’s amazing just how much personality can be captured in a few short and pithy sentences. I certainly hope this is not the last we’ve seen of Bink and Gollie!

Winner of the 2011 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award, given to the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.

Bink and Gollie official site

Source: borrowed from library

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