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Facebook and Privacy

January 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Facebook and Privacy

Use Facebook?  Okay, who doesn’t –but while I bet you do know that Facebook keeps some information about what you do whilst your at Facebook.com, you probably didn’t know that every single click you make as been saved, cataloged, and sold to who-knows-who.  An Austrian law student named Max Schrems managed to get the complete file Facebook has on him, and it totaled 1,222 pages.  Perhaps Max spends a lot of time on Facebook but I’m flabbergasted that anyone can compile a 1,222 page dossier on anybody…a definite moment to pause.

And read!  Facebook certainly has become a subject for commentary on both the evolution of the Internet and what an information economy really means and does.  We have a number of titles that comment on Facebook, and all the implications of the Internet’s great equalizer-time-waster-snoop-amusement-park.com

Mr. Lanier was on campus this fall and gave a captivating lecture…much to think about…

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Ronald Searle, RIP

January 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ronald Searle, RIP

…Ronald Searle died last week…the legendary illustrator probably best known for his illustrations in the St. Trinian’s stories, Searle is an important 20th Century artist.  We have two books of his work, Ronald Searle in Le Monde and To the Kwai and Back: War Drawings 1939-1945 (Searle was a Japanese prisoner of war for these six agonizing years).  A lost early in this new year 2012, but a moment to contemplate the truth in his work…

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New Year’s Books

January 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on New Year’s Books

…happy new year! As one can imagine the new year’s onset as also ushered in suggestions for reading, notably, reading of books due out this year. At the Daily Beast Roxanne Coady suggests a number of nonfiction titles (ranging from compassion to economists jousting) to look for, while over at The Atlantic Eleanor Barkhorn has 15 titles in mind (both fiction and nonfiction) to look for in 2012.  Tomorrow will bring some recommendations fresh from the minds of us here at Odyssey Online…

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Christopher Hitchens

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens died last week.  His work had remarkable reach across those folks whose commentary creates the boundaries of political and cultural debate–blogger Andrew Sullivan has posted a number of thoughtful reflections on Hitchens, and his career.  We have a number of titles by Hitchens, a sampling of his more current writing:

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Scary Movies for Halloween

October 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on Scary Movies for Halloween

…still thinking on Dacre Stoker and still thinking on the season at hand, here are nine scary movies as a sample of our horror collection. Obviously we have considerably more than 9 scary movies, but 9 is a scary number right? Isn’t there some horror connotation for 9?

Dacre Stoker mentioned during his talk he particularly liked the Coppola version of Dracula.  Enjoy!

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Books About Vampires, Recommended Reading

October 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Books About Vampires, Recommended Reading

…now that you’ve read the vampire books we have, here’s the theory behind them:

Like Vampires, read Byron!

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Vampire Fiction, Recommended Titles

October 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Vampire Fiction, Recommended Titles

In honor of the time of year, and in honor of Dacre Stoker’s recent visit, an overview of our collection of vampire fiction:

Of course, to really know vampires one should be acquainted with the work of Lord Byron, although, that can be further work for this blog…

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Recommended Reading, Letters and Journals

August 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Recommended Reading, Letters and Journals

…well we have yet to purchase an edition of anyone’s collected Facebook posts, but we do continue to buy collections of letters and monograph editions of journals.  Those private and semi-private publications wherein the voice of a life can be experienced.  Here is a list of new (and lets say “newer”) editions of letters and journals in our collection:

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Summer Reading, Fiction About College

August 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Summer Reading, Fiction About College

…as the summer draws to a close and the school year (first year students Sunday) dawns, a concluding reading list on fiction about college life.  A sampling of books (mostly American) wherein the college experience is chronicled in the imagination:

The last one, of course, bringing cries of “Oh rare Max!”

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Summer Reading, Barak Obama

August 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on Summer Reading, Barak Obama

…with Washington politics clogging the news (for a break one could sample one of the titles on our baseball reading list), so with the television speaking of nothing but President, Congress, and politics a sampling from our collection on the titles we’ve purchased on President Barak Obama.  Hopefully here we’re providing perspectives right, left, and center on the President:

 

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