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“No-E” in this novel: Gadsby

Word Nerd: The “no-E” novel

Believe it or not, there’s a 50,000-word novel that doesn’t contain a single letter ‘e’ in it, beyond the cover or the introduction explaining the constraints of the project. Continue Reading

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Bucket List: Important Books to Read

MsMojo’s video below counts down their Top Ten Books To Read Before You Die. They claim that reading these novels will help to change your understanding of what it means to be human, will help you develop or deepen aspects of your character in some way or just make you a better person. In any case, they can make you a more thoughtful person if you consider the ideas they put forth and ruminate about how they might be applied to your own experience and to your own life. Continue Reading

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Classic Literature For Listening

Classic literature used to be required reading for high school and college students. As the idea of “language arts” replaced English language studies, these standards have fallen by the way side. Just because they’re no longer required as they once were, the classics still have so much to offer. Continue Reading

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Books Uncategorized

Combing the Backcatalog

Creation and innovation are driving forces in our society and consequently we are, for the most part focused squarely upon the new. Jane Smiley wrote in her forward to a novel resurrected from the ‘out of print’ back catalog, “Most novelists, no matter how popular, fall into obscurity.” The same could be said for musical works as well. I’ve spent countless hours digging for treasures among the stacks of long out of print records.

The promise of digital formats is that nothing need go out of print ever again. Of course that reality is a fair ways off at this point but it’s an amazing goal to strive for. Continue Reading

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Books Current Event

Printed Card Catalogs for Libraries are Dead

Yep, it’s official. The last company to print card catalogs for libraries has called it quits.

“Print library catalogs served a useful purpose for more than 100 years, making resources easy to find within the walls of the physical library,” Skip Prichard, CEO of OCLC, said in a blog post. Now, with comprehensive, cloud-based catalogs like OCLC’s WorldCat available to libraries, there’s just no need for cards any longer.

Read more: on the Smithsonian Website

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Books Film Word Nerd

Can’t stop thinking about The Hunger Games

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I’ve been thinking a lot about different aspects of The Hunger Games film and something that keeps coming to mind is a short story called, “The Lottery.” We read it in High School back in the 80’s but the story was first published in the New Yorker Magazine in 1948. It is sometimes seen as a protest against totalitarianism, a form of authoritarian government that permits no individual freedom. The story explores the potential of ordinary people to do evil things solely because of a sense of tradition. Only it doesn’t do that exactly… there is no authoritarian government forcing people to take part in the Lottery the way it is in the Hunger Games. I think for me the story explores what happens when people cling to old ways of doing things not because they work or because they continue to serve society’s cohesion or progress but unquestioningly because that’s the way they’ve always been done.

An unexamined life is no life at all so I decided to explore some of the parallels between The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and 1948’s short story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson…

HG – Josh Hutchinson stars as the boy whose name is drawn
TL – Bill Hutchinson is the man who draws the dot

BOTH – names are drawn and the “winner” will be killed to make the crops grow or keep people eating well for another year or a variety of reasons.

BOTH – villagers gather in the town square for the lottery/reaping/drawing of names

HG – Only older children ages 12 to 18 participate
TL – Everyone participates

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