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What studying disasters has taught me about COVID-19

“Civilization, the orderly world in which we live, is frail. We are skating on thin ice.” – Zygmunt Bauman.   For the last several years, when people have asked me … Continue reading

March 26, 2020 · 7 Comments

My Favorite Books from 2019

“Hungry one, reach for the book—it is a weapon.” – Brecht Of all the problems with which a person may find themselves constantly wrestling, there are far worse things than … Continue reading

December 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

How to prepare for qualifying exams (or, how to read too many books in seven months)

Few aspects of pursuing a PhD are simultaneously as mundane and as Herculean as preparing for qualifying exams. What makes this task rather unexceptional is that it generally consists of … Continue reading

April 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

My Favorite Books from 2018

Few will mourn the passing of 2018. To be frank, it was a year in which many disastrous and unfortunate things occurred. Granted, it takes a remarkable commitment to looking … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · 4 Comments

Understanding Fascism – making sense of dark times – a reading list (expanded 10/20/17)

“No other method exists for acquiring knowledge about the human heart than the study of history coupled with experience of life, in such a way that the two throw light … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

To-Do List

On Thursday, June 5, is the Phase I opening of the Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Center in Grand Ronde, Oregon. The opening ceremonies start at 4pm, with a tour … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

What Becomes of Our Books? A Eulogy of Sorts in Four Glances

1. What becomes of our books when we are no longer present to care for them? Do family and friends incorporate our carefully constructed collection into their own? Shall the … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Review/Preview: The Riot Grrrl Collection

Hey, remember a couple weeks ago when I posted about the Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU?  And how Feminist Press is putting a book out in May? Turns out I … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 8 Comments

So, Has Your Information Been Sold to Any Huge Companies Lately?

Part of enjoying a book comes after you finish reading it. Once that last page is read a reader is able to discuss it with their friends, recommend it to … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · 5 Comments

Other Peoples Libraries

In case you didn’t know, your dear captains were once some of the librarians at the Occupy Wall Street People’s Library in Liberty/Zuccotti and its later manifestations as a transient … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

This Sunday: Radical Librarians Book Club at Bluestockings

Reminder, friends, this Sunday, March 17, at 2PM is the monthly meeting of the Radical Librarians Book Club at Bluestockings, located at 172 Allen St. in Manhattan.  From their website: … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Used Book Store in the Cloud (probably isn’t heaven)

Do you “own” any of the albums, books, or movies that you have downloaded? You hit the “buy” button, didn’t you? Your bank statement provides you with evidence that you … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cats Have Always Been Jerks

And we think they’re mean when they walk on our keyboards. h/t @grolby, who blogs about bicycles at À bloc.

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Friends of the Librarian-Shipwreck

Ahoy!  I spent the weekend in the lovely state of New Jersey, nerding it up at Wicked Faire (where I picked up a pair of TARDIS-blue-colored book earrings!) with various … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

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