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--Audre Lorde

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First NYC Play

First NYC Play

I was happy to get the chance to see Jennifer Miller's
Cracked Ice/or the Jewels of the Forbidden Skates
last weekend. It was my first play I'd ever seen in NYC! And it was great! Here's to jokes about Carolee Schneeman's Interior Scroll!

Future librarians are inspiring

I got the opportunity (thanks to a library friend and mentor) to serve on an ALA scholarship committee this year. Although I have somehow gotten my deadlines all discombobulated, tonight I used up my insomnia time wisely, and theraputically read through the application materials.

Help your local Zine Fest by Partying!

NYC Zine Fest '09 Fundraiser and Party!
Friday, May 29th at the Brooklyn Lyceum
$5-15 sliding scale

Raffle, Zine Reading, Dance Party? All rolled into one?! Come to the Lyceum to support and sustain the NYC zine and self-publishing community and keep costs low for participants at the Fest. Meet like-minded DIY'ers, take part in our raffle, and dance! Check our website for all the latest details: http://nyczinefest.org

The Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 857-4816
8pm-midnightish

Weaving

I am learning to weave in a class taught by Linda of the Yarn Tree every Saturday until June. We're using little rigid heddle looms and learning all kinds of hand manipulation techniques. This week the Leno Weave really perplexed me. The whole process has been really fascinating. Kind of similar to the way I felt when I learned to use a letterpress and it totally warped my conception of type and computers.

Google and Libraries from Democracy Now

Democracy Now talked all about libraries and the google books project today, and I thought it was an interesting listen, especially since I have heard this conversation more so from librarians for librarians. Amy Goodman speaks with Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive http://www.democracynow.org/2009/4/30/google_faces_antitrust_investigati...

All I can think about, other than copyright and kindles and Farenheit 451 is Double Fold by Nicholson Baker and how this problem keeps getting recycled...

Check it Out!

I made a list of zine links for Utne Reader recently!
http://www.utne.com/Media/Alt-Wire-World-of-Zines-with-Librarian-Alycia-...

NYC Zine Fest '09

NYC Zine Fest '09

Please try to make it to the Fest I am helping to organize!
http://nyczinefest.org

Radical Reference PreConference/Unconference Report Back

These are my notes from an amazing event I was lucky enough to take part in last March: ACRL Preconference Unconference

General Notes

Intro/Planning Session:
What do we hope for out of this event? What are we fearful will happen?

* How can we apply what we learn here? & not get discouraged? (when we are home)
* Non-traditional events
* Outside the library conference mainstream
* Unbranded conference
* Tap into what we do at home with what we discuss/learn here

Hello, Internets

Make your bookmarks, content is on the way and drupal is being learned.

p.s. this also means bear with me while I learn as I go!

Currently Reading

Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric



Alycia's favorite books »

Daily Reading Log

May 12, 2016

May 5, 2016

  • "Kentucky Is My Fate," by bell hooks, from Belonging: A Culture of Place. Wow.

May 2, 2016

April 29, 2016

  • Chapter three of Queer Art of Failure

April 13, 2016

April 11, 2016

January 3, 2016

  • Skimmed through Textual Poachers by Jenkins.
  • Read some pieces of de Certeau, some of the scriptural economy chapter and all of "Reading as Poaching" from The Practice of Everyday Life

2016 Reading Goals

Following Vicky's lead, this year I'm going to devote half of my reading to works made by women of color. I've got an overall goal of reading 60 books in 2016 (gulp). If you're interested to take on a similar challenge, Vicky's reading lists are a great place to start. Happy reading, all!

Late December

Been listening to H is for Hawk. So far I drift in and out of really hearing it, but the part about an unexpected death rings true. But it's not a punch in the stomach--it's a bowling ball to the guts. Wishing I'd developed that film that was of the piece I made in college that I must have threw away, but I also don't regret getting rid of things usually.

December 3-4, 2015

  • Lisa Gitelman's “Print Culture (Other Than Codex).” Comparative Textual Media. Eds. N. Katherine Hayles and
    Jessica Pressman. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. AND “Daniel Ellsberg and the Lost Idea of the Photocopy.” Participatory Media in Historical Context. Eds. Anders Ekström, et al. New York: Routledge, 2011.

November 30, 2015

October 15, 2015

Reading/dog-earing Coates' Between the World and Me.

October 14, 2013

Finished the Slice Harvester memoir within 12 hours of getting it from ILL. Highly recommended. Made me reminiscent of when I moved to the city and we would get a slice from Luigi's, back when Luigi was still there (and you would not necessarily encounter the dude who we now refer to as the "our friend jesus" guy), and eat it sitting by the canon every single day before my evening shift, with the ferocious pizza-eating squirrels.

October 5, 2015

  • Finished "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki. One of the best novels I have read in YEARS. Really impressive in voice and intricate construction.
  • Morgan, W., & Wyatt-Smith, C. (2000). Im/proper accountability: Towards a theory of critical literacy and assessment. Assessment in Education, 7(1), 123-142.
  • Schlesselman-Tarango, Gina, "Cyborgs in the Academic Library: A Cyberfeminist Approach to Information Literacy Instruction" (2014). Library Faculty Publications. Paper 19.

September 30, 2015

  • Finished My Struggle (book one) and grew to adore it by the end. There was a moment when I worried it would be too much about being a white guy trying to get girls, but all the death and decay at the end washed away what I had felt, or worried about, in the middle. I also put down another book around the same time for fear of the same pitfalls. Will I finish that one? If I knew that writing about puddles of piss could wholly grip me and endear me to that book in the way it did with this one I would wholeheartedly finish it as soon as I could (every time those were mentioned here at the end I got sliced through the heart just like living with analogous situations IRL).