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April 14, 2014

Submitted by alycia on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:46
  • Last night heard the intro to Mark Maron's Attempting Normal and I really liked how he talked about what books are on his shelves (the titles surprised me, actually--I think we've got many of the same to-reads) and all the pieces of paper and bits of his life surrounding him in the garage.
  • "A Canon Without Balls," review by Sady Doyle, from In These Times, a photocopy of said article from Sandy Berman, which makes me want to read No Regrets: Three Discussions (which it looks like very few copies have entered into libraries yet, which feels like a joke when combined with getting info about it from Sandy...)
  • Continuing with the thick little Lydia Davis story comp. Feels like something someone should have prescribed to me to read. Everyone recommends it, so maybe as much as it could have been prescribed, it was.
  • Yesterday I also skimmed through a history of another building where I used to work, looking for some pieces that weren't there. Recently I had read a piece about a different library building's history where I used to occasionally work, and that account was pretty sad (hopes were higher then for a better future).

    But this one I read yesterday was about a library that was more of a home to me, and is still pretty grand. I liked that there was a portion of the book where the approval from famous librarians were listed about how much they liked/approved of the building. And these quotes were from people who still loom large today (all the old problematic figures). As if getting the ok from every big whig after they toured the building made that space more useful to its readers and workers, or maybe just more regal since they'd been there. Or maybe I'm misinterpreting and the quotes were about the significance of the building in that it brought all of them there to see it once it was complete--that's how big an accomplishment it was. Anyhow, maybe you can spot them all, if you can recognize them by sight, in the photo taken outside on the steps for that year's ALA annual (a photo that at once reminds me of The Shining and those other photos of the staff that were taken inside later, where everyone who still works there were captured with color still in their beards or a different style of glasses (or maybe--shockingly--the same glasses from way back!)).

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