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Me Talk Pretty One Day

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000) is a David Sedaris autobiography, and it knows it. Its scattershot vignettes ooze with whimsical American, mirroring his appearances on NPR’s This American Life. Creative nonfiction is spiced with a sense of humor that crosses into weirdness but skirts discomfort. Sedaris narrates diverting fluff stories ranging from his speech therapy sessions to his sojourn in…

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Devil in the White City

Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (2003) exceeded my highest expectations. Greeted with universal acclaim by critics and popular audiences alike, Erik Larson’s nonfiction narrative unfolds like a thriller set at Chicago’s huge World Fair (1893). Featured are a charming young serial killer (H. H. Holmes), a brilliant architect (Daniel Burnham), and a mentally ill newspaperman (Patrick…

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On “Geek” Versus “Nerd”

On “Geek” Versus “Nerd”

Michael Rodriguez:

Interesting…

Originally posted on Slackpropagation:

To many people, “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, but in fact they are a little different. Consider the phrase “sports geek” — an occasional substitute for “jock” and perhaps the arch-rival of a “nerd” in high-school folklore. If “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, then “sports geek” might be an oxymoron. (Furthermore, “sports nerd”…

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Editing Wikipedia While In Library School

Editing Wikipedia While In Library School

Michael Rodriguez:

Check out my latest Hack Library School blog post: Editing Wikipedia While in Library School. Also known as wikibrarianing!

Originally posted on Hack Library School:

Are you a Wikibrarian? I recently became one—a librarian who edits Wikipedia (“the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit”)—and I have found the experience rewarding in the extreme. I have even stumbled into a role…

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Carl Sandburg’s “Iron”: Antiwar Poetry

Carl Sandburg’s “Iron”: Antiwar Poetry

Guns,

Long steel guns,

Pointed from the war ships

In the name of the war god.

Straight, shining, polished guns,

Clambered over with jackies in white blouses,

Glory of tan faces, tousled hair, white teeth,

Laughing lithe jackies in white blouses,

Sitting on the guns singing war songs, war chanties.

Shovels,

Broad, iron shovels,

Scooping out oblong vaults,

Loosening turf and leveling sod.

I…

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Dangerously seductive words to live by

Dangerously seductive words by which to live. Petyr Baelish’s “Chaos is a ladder” in Game of Thrones

“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm, or the gods, or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.” - Petyr Baelish, Game of Thrones

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s phantasmagoric children’s story

Roald Dahl. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 1964. Phantasmagoric children’s story.

charlie-and-the-chocolate-factoryI began this book with flaming negativity: it’s about chocolate lust and a weirdo recluse—who cares? I would resist the notion that Dahl crafted a sublime literary work, but Charlie and Chocolate Factoryis an entertaining fluff piece in which Willy Wonka is not a pedophile, greedy or obnoxious children suffer…

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10 (OK, 15) Books that Children Should Read

10 (OK, 15) Books that Children Should Read

TEN BOOKS THAT CHILDREN SHOULD READ, BECAUSE I READ THEM, MOSTLY AS A CHILD, AND TOTALLY LOVED THEM AND THEY SHAPED MY WORLDVIEW.

Watership Down / Richard Adams

            Imparts the value of loyalty and comradeship while representing a rich mythos and the archetypical heroic journey. The characters are rabbits. This is their Aeneid.

Children’s Homer / Padraic Colum

Beautifully and simply…

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Producing and Performing Skype Interviews

Producing and Performing Skype Interviews

Michael Rodriguez:

Check out my latest Hack Library School blog post on “Producing and Performing Skype Interviews.” Just featured in AL Direct’s March 5 issue! Check it out under Tips & Ideas: http://bit.ly/1kAEM86

Originally posted on Hack Library School:

Skype interviews are my favorite! Lo and behold my supplement to Brianna Marshall’s exceptional  Phone Interview Strategies. The genesis…

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