Jul 01 2009

Love & Lies: Marisol's Story

author: 
Wittlinger, Ellen

Love & Lies is billed as a companion to Wittlinger's Hard Love, a YA novel with zine publishers as its main characters. Sadly this installment doesn't involve zines--and weirdly none of the characters seem to be vegetarian, much less vegan--but it is still a compelling read.

reviewdate: 
Jun 27 2009
isn: 
978-1-4169-1623-9
Jun 30 2009

When Rain Clouds Gather

author: 
Head, Bessie

Published in 1969 by a mixed race African, this novel about a farming community in Botswana clearly has a lot of weight, but unfortunately I lack the history to fully understand what's going on and its significance at the time. I think my reaction to the book would have been much more powerful if I could fully appreciate what was going on politically, and perhaps also culturally. The writing is fairly spare and detached, always third person, and moving from one point-of-view to another fairly rapidly.

reviewdate: 
Jun 26 2009
isn: 
0-435-90726-3
Jun 25 2009

Queer Muppet Pride

My pick for NYC Pride Week is Jessica Max Stein's "The Rainbow Connection" zine reading/release at Bluestockings.

Monday, June 29th @ 7PM - $1 to $5 Suggested
Queer Muppet Pride
Presentation: Jessica Max Stein "The Rainbow Connection"
Miss Piggy, Scooter, Beaker, Janice, Elmo, Statler. Each of these characters was created or performed by gay Muppeteer Richard Hunt. Please come to celebrate the release of "The Rainbow Connection: Gay Muppeteer Richard Hunt," and come prepared to laugh yourself silly as Stein presents the nerdy, gleeful, and gay-as-in-homosexual subtext of the Muppets and the work of Richard Hunt.

Jun 24 2009

Drupdate June 2009

I updated some modules on my site this weekend, mostly on my own because I'd taken notes the last time through. I had to ask for help a few times, and it seems like some steps change a bit from time to time, but if you are a novice on the command line sick of being totally dependent on a programmer friend or partner, see if this will work for you for updating your Drupal site:

Note: these instructions are for someone like me, who has down this a few times, but with someone holding her hand the whole time, but who does know how to wget and tar –zxvf, even if she messes up the order of the letters sometimes.

Jun 23 2009

Spam Survivor

fyi, I just changed my comment settings so that comments have to get approved. This was in response to getting like 50 spam comments in about a five minute period. As I understand it, my site attracts a lot of spam because I allow commenters' links to be clickable. I hesitate to change that setting, but it looks like I may have to.

Jun 22 2009

Denver Zine Library on Hiatus

I got news via Facebook and an email message that the Denver Zine Library will soon close for some period of time beginning next month.

It is with mixed emotions that we are announcing the temporary closure of the Denver Zine Library (DZL) which has been housed at The Other Side Arts on Platte St. for the past few years. There are several factors contributing to this temporary closure that we’d like to share with you. We have often found ourselves struggling to meet the demands of rent expenses, making us recognize that we cannot sustainably maintain our current location. Our core group of board members have also been taking on the role of volunteers, consistently sharing the responsibility of staffing the DZL every weekend so that it can remain open. Unfortunately, we have seen very few visitors, and while we know there is community interest in having a zine library in Denver, we want to make sure those same community members are invested in both visiting/utilizing the DZL as well as telling others about this incredible resource.

Jun 19 2009

LCSH Week 20: Elvis demoted?

Library of Congress Subject Headings Weekly List 20 (May 20, 2009)

This week we examine:

  • Altars, Rococo
  • Art rejected for exhibition
  • Chocolate milk
  • Elvis Presley impersonators
  • G1 (Smartphone)
  • Gender in conflict management
  • Jews in opera
  • Pluot
  • Typology (Linguistics)
Jun 16 2009

National Diversity in Libraries Conference: Call for Proposals

The 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference, NDLC2010: From Groundwork to Action, will take place from July 14-16, 2010 in Princeton, NJ.

The National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) is a biennial event that serves as a regional meeting for library staff members to discuss diversity issues, especially issues common to the host region's culture.

The 2010 NDLC Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for presentation at the conference. Submission details.

Jun 14 2009

I Saw You…: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections

author: 
Wertz, Julia, editor

Don't tell anyone, but I snatched I Saw You from the NYC Zine Fest fundraiser. Julia deliberately left it behind when she split, and, well, I was grabbing my zines from the merch table, and, uh… I justify my action with the knowledge that I will give the book away, perhaps to someone else who was at the benefit. Julia, claiming she was only a comics drawer and no writer, gave a great performance of two well-written essays at the zine reading, so I was curious what her work was like. She actually only has a couple of comics in this anthology of illustrated newspaper and online missed connections ads, but they're perfectly charming, as is her introduction, and I assume the clever idea to have the (alpha by first name ♥) bios all be personal ad style. For example:

Greg Means
www.tugboatpress.com
You: most beautiful woman in the world
Me: great personality

reviewdate: 
Jun 13 2009
isn: 
978-0-307-40853-2