“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
--Audre Lorde

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October 2, 2013

  • Started Maria Accardi's Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instructors this morning on the train and it is ah-mazing. I really admire the way that Accardi is able to meld scholarly and autobiographical writing, and how she talks about her decisions as she does so: "I have felt extremely insecure over my writing style in this chapter, which is a definite departure from the more scholarly tone I adopt in later chapters. But I persist in writing this way nonetheless, because my instincts, my gut, my intuition tells me that what I have to say--and the way I'm saying it--has value" (16).
    This is a book I'm really excited to keep reading--as a model for my own writing projects and as a tool for instruction.

October 1, 2013

  • Almost done but not quite with The Last Unicorn, which really feels much closer to a fairy tale than anything else I've read in quite some time.

September 27, 2013

  • On my way, walking as fast as I'm able, almost late to a meeting, I found The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle on a Brooklyn stoop and have been reading it on the train since. The writing style is really great when you yourself are worried that your own writing could become too academic or lackluster--as a reminder of alternatives.
  • Also a great deal of other things, as models and suggestions. From Eichhorn to Williams to Evocative Objects and Lipstick Traces to drafts.

September 25, 2013

  • Yesterday I read Rebecca Solnit's "Diary" from the London Review of Books. If my thesis could be written in any way like Solnit writes, I'd be damn happy. But being absorbed into this piece was confusing--I kept forgetting which era I am in, which I identify with, which I prefer. Just in one anecdotal sense, as a teenager, I would have had a totally different life if I'd had access to friends without having to speak to whoever answered on the phone at their house first. Not sure if all that comes with the newness of new technology makes it better or vise versa, and happy that Solnit includes rumination on corporate strangleholds and the management takeover of our own personal lives and concentrations (or lack thereof). Although I am normally suspicious of work that shrieks "we're losing our ability to concentrate!", here it felt right, not like shrieking at all. More like when Lynda Barry talks about looking each other in the eye.

Libraries and the Reading Public

I feel very lucky to be able to say that my work has now been published as one chapter in the book: Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-Century America, Edited by Christine Pawley and Louise S. Robbins.

Thank you to all the folks who were a part in making this happen, especially anyone who has talked with me about the writing process or who helped me think over and wrestle with writing and research and scholarly communications at large.

It does feel very different/permanent/tangible to see the words I picked transformed into a codex. That doesn't mean I don't still want to change them, make them better, keep editing. But it does somehow feel bigger, to hold something in hand and to have it be part of something larger.

The chapter is licensed CC-BY-SA, and you can read a pre-print version here.

September 10, 2013

  • Happy Official Domesticity Day.
  • Haven't logged in for quite some time here, neglecting even the reading log, working on work and the thesis.
  • Reading the MALS honorable mention thesis awarded "The Fist is Still Raised: The Vernacular Invisibility of Political Art" by Hadassah M. Damien

More August

Contemplating Licenses

Here's a post I did over at the OA @ CUNY blog. Ruminating on licenses and what they mean (in general, in the courtroom, on the street, in one's imagination, anywhere else) is pretty much a daily conversation at my house. I think I may have a weird house?

Early August

  • Finished The Flame Alphabet. Somewhere along the way, I thought I'd gotten a whiff that this book had a twist ending. There I was, reading along, anticipating something startling, and the book ended. It definitely kept me going faster than it would have otherwise without this inaccurate info, but also may have made it into something different as a reader. Not that the book isn't surprising--it's just that twist is not really what it contains. Now I'm waiting for Cronenberg to make a movie out of it. Or at least certain parts.
  • Still reading and enjoying Doing Recent History, which is also interesting for its portions about archives and privacy--from a researcher's, not a curator/collector/preservationist's perspective.

August 1-3, 2013

  • Reading The Flame Alphabet on the train, started de Certeau at home (wondering why it's taken me this long to begin), and Doing Recent History, which has really helped me in thinking about the kind of work that I (try to) do.

July 26-28, 2013

  • Took the weekend off from thesis reading/writing. Read The Glass Castle, almost finished Orange is the New Black.

July 22, 2013

July 19, 2013

  • Re-reading and making notes from Free Culture:
    • "Technology means you can now do amazing things easily; but you couldn’t easily do them legally." (105)
    • "We live in a “cut and paste” culture enabled by technology." (105)
  • Mister Rogers testimony in SONY CORP. OF AMER. v. UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS, INC., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)
    "Some public stations, as well as commercial stations, program the “Neighborhood” at hours when some children cannot use it. I think that it’s a real service to families to be able to record such programs and show them at appropriate times.

Sharing Zine Librarianship

This was a really fantastic development that I'm so happy to be able to share. I'm really excited and proud to have Robin take over the zine collection at Brooklyn College.

July 17, 2013