As my first semester of graduate school winds down, I’ve found myself enjoying the little things…
1. A gift package from Books of Wonder for donating to their fundraising campaign.
2. Lunch in the UNC cafeteria.
3. Sunrise at the Orange County Public Library.
4. A little refreshment while at work.
5. Hot apple cider and a youtube catchup (featuring essiebutton).
6. A little Gloria Steinem while waiting for the bus!
7. New Christmas decorations from Target.
8. A peaceful bus ride back from campus.
9. Study snack + candle time.
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Week in Review
It’s my second week of truly settling into my NC apartment so I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the city. Somewhere between sightseeing and grocery shopping, I found time to read some pretty great online articles. Here they are:
- 6 ways your schoolteacher sabotaged your business writing: As an English major I constantly found myself breaking “the rules” about writing that I learned in middle school. It’s interesting to think that the same things that enabled me to write have “sabotaged” me later in life. I’m not sure that I have as extreme a view as the author of this piece but the idea is an interesting one.
- A Professional Assessment of Twilight Sparkle as a Librarian: This one is a purely fun read! While I was abroad I had two friends with whom I had endless “My Little Pony” movie nights (not as lame as it sounds, I swear). By trying to analyze the episodes, the author brought me back to those nights — we found an episode that perfectly encapsulated 19thc. British foreign policy that we called “My Little Imperialist Pony!”
- Five Women Writers Tougher Than Hemingway: Hemingway + feminism. Enough said.
- Generation Y Leads in Book Buying: As interesting as the article is, the real gem here is the discussion beneath it. There’s an active group that insists Gen Y buys books they don’t read or that the stats don’t take into account the number of textbooks Gen Y is buying. While both opinions may have merit, I am frustrated that other generations continually view Gen Y as a “tech only” generation!
- Old Timey Slang to Bolster Your Vocabulary: This is another fun one full of terms I wish people still used. Someone should really bring “Lobbygow” back. Not me, I’m still working to bring “sistren” back.
- Lemony Snicket on the Murder of His Books: Lauren Conrad recently did an arts and craft project on her blog and used the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Whether you agree with using books as objects or not, Snicket’s response is hilarious. Readers of his books will love the on point response!
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Sorry for the radio silence around here lately! I’ve been moving into my new place in North Carolina and reading like crazy so expect more posts soon. Here’s what I’ve read this week:
- Ten Things You Should Know About the Economy Before You Vote in November (Forbes): I am such a political news junkie right now and this article is right up my alley! I think everyone should be informed about the issues before they head to the polls and this article is a good start.
- How to Be a Better Procrastinator (WSJ): Since I always have my fingers in a lot of pies, I like hearing that it can be productive! This article shows the ways that working on multiple projects can actually make you more productive.
- I’ve Forgotten How to Read Adult Novels (blog): I spend a lot of time reading YA literature and I make no apologies for my taste (check out my post about why I YA here). Reading about other people with the same “problem” makes me happy!
- Being a Confident Bada** Does Not Make a Female Athlete a Diva (Jezebel): As much as I love women’s olympic gymnastics, I was less than thrilled with the coverage NBC showed. The commentators regularly used sexist terms to talk about the gymnasts (re: calling them girls, divas, and moody). This article explores what the coverage exposed about the network.
This one interested me so much that I couldn’t wait until the “Week in Review: What I Read” post! There’s a hotel in England that is putting kindles in every room instead of using printed Bibles. While this is an expensive proposition it seems really awesome! If you get bored while staying at the hotel you could download a free ebook and read it, rather than turning to trashy television.
Hotel replaces printed Bibles with Kindles – CNN.com.
Last week the Bookstore Relations Coordinator at ABA came to speak at the NYU Summer Publishing Institute. I was so moved by his presentation that I thought I would share a little bit of it here.
Declaration of IndieBound
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for individuals to denounce the corporate bands which threaten to homogenize our cities and our souls, we must celebrate the powers that make us unique and declare the causes which compel us to remain independent.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all stores are not created equal, that some are endowed by their owners, their staff, and their communities with certain incomparable heights, that among these are Personality, Purpose and Passion. The history of the present indies is a history of experiences and excitement, which we will continue to establish as we set our sights on a more unconstrained state. To prove this, let’s bring each other along and submit our own experiences to an unchained world.
We, therefore, the Kindred Spirits of IndieBound, in the name of our convictions, do publish and declare that these united minds are, and darn well ought to be, Free Thinkers and Independent Souls. That we are linked by the passions that differentiate us. That we seek out soul mates to share our excitement. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the strength of our identities, we respectively and mutually pledge to lead the way as we all declare that we are IndieBound!
Just in case you’re not familiar with IndieBound, here’s a little bit about the organization. It was created to bring together independent bookstores so that publishers would be forced to listen to their voice. These bookstores are havens for communities to talk, think, react and read. Check out their website: IndieBound
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There was a flood of really interesting articles on the web this week. Here is a very small selection of what I perused:
- Work Wear: Office Style at the New York Public Library (WSJ)– One of the things I was most excited about doing in NYC was getting my very own NYPL card, corny I know. This story reminds everyone else of what I already know: Librarians are pretty stylish folk!
- Letters from Authors to Their Young Fans (Flavorwire) — Authors may be curmudgeonly some of the time but these letters prove that they can also be huge teddy bears. Read through to the end and you’ll come across some of the most heartwarming letters I’ve ever read.
- Having Your Coffee and Enjoying It Too (NYT) — It seems as though every day there is new evidence to “prove” that coffee is good/bad for us. This article examines the newest findings and shows that a coffee habit doesn’t make a huge difference overall.
- The Timeless Resonance of Dorian Gray (Everyday eBook) — This one just might be cheating since I love Wilde so much but I had to share it! The story truly is timeless and this article sets out to prove it.
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