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Entries from October 2013

Lou Reed

October 28th, 2013 · Comments Off on Lou Reed

Lou Reed died over the weekend.  Reed certainly attained a culturally iconic status, such that his death makes one pause (and makes me think how he figures into the living breathing collection at ODY).  The Daily Beast has a nice “set list” of music and performances by Reed on the open web, and here is a juke box of titles by and about Reed in our collection:

 

Tags: Books · Recommended Book

Friday Blogging: Neil Gaiman on Libraries and Reading

October 18th, 2013 · Comments Off on Friday Blogging: Neil Gaiman on Libraries and Reading

On Tuesday of this week The Guardian published a transcription of a lecture by writer Neil Gaiman on the topic of reading and libraries.  It is long, it is aimed at a British audience, but it is also an impassioned defense of reading fiction and of libraries.  There are many quotable passages in the lecture, among them:

But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.

Toward the end of the lecture Gaiman makes the case for a responsible citizens “obligation to day dream.” A wonderful weekend read…

Tags: Books · Essay on Bibliography

New Materials on William Shakespeare

October 9th, 2013 · Comments Off on New Materials on William Shakespeare

The American Shakespeare Center is making it’s annual visit to St. Lawrence, presenting Henry IV Part I, Othello, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Thusly it’s time to publish our annual selection of notable new materials we’ve acquired, both those new editions of the plays, and new books about Shakespeare.

Tags: Books

Government Shut Down

October 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off on Government Shut Down

The shut down of the United States Federal Government has shut down the Library of Congress (arguably the cultural gem of the nation).  Web sites associated with the Smithsonian are functional, through the museum is closed. More the implications of the shut down as they become clear–an overview of what is and is not open is available from Firstgov.gov.

Tags: Uncategorized · Yikes!