Monday, January 31, 2011
Visit Mark's Daily Apple: Primal Living in the Modern World, the Primal Blueprint website, for success stories, freebies, & more! Also, the library's Resource Center has a Health & Medicine section you can browse for more wellness tips.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I like the following books on fashion as they reinforce the fact that there is no stereotypical beauty in real life, unlike the ideal created (usually by men) in the fashion world. Women come in all shapes & sizes, just needing a little guidance on their own attributes & how to enhance them. All women can make the best of what they have, given a little direction, & be beautiful in their own style.
Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia
Glamour's Big Book of Dos and Don'ts: Fashion Help for Every Woman by Cindi Leive
Style 101: What Every Stylish Woman Should Know from the editors of In Style magazine
Redefining Beauty: Discovering Your Individual Beauty, Enhancing Your Self-Esteem by Victoria Jackson with Paddy Calistro
Just to give you an idea of what goes on, here's a peek into today's fashion world, Chanel-style:
This year, Islamabad has its first Fashion Week!
Also, check out next month's - "FROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS" , NEW WORKS BY RECYCLED TIN ARTIST MARCIA SEDNEK - Mariposa Gallery - Reception Fri, Feb 4 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. "Combining fashion & folk art, Albuquerque artist Marcia Sednek creates mini dresses & ball gowns from vintage tin & found objects." ~from Local IQ
Check out this list of "Worn-Out Fashion Terms" from the New York Times!
Also visit James Laver and Laws on the Timeline of Style.
& here's a question we've all been asking ourselves at the branch:
Sandra Bullock Golden Globes 2011: Hit or Miss?
Thursday, January 27, 2011
This year I am determined to increase my art knowledge. I am currently reading Sarah Thornton's fascinating Seven Days in the Art World-this is a great introduction, because in each chapter she delves into a different facet of the art world: The Auction; The Crit; The Fair; The Prize; The Magazine; The Studio Visit; The Biennale.Each chapter is a "day-in-the-life" narrative based on interviews & "participant observation" as Thornton attends a Christie's auction, a Los Angeles art school seminar, and so on. Published in 2008, Thornton writes about a booming art market-I don't know if it still is booming.
I also picked up a book called The Daily Book of Art: 365 Readings that Teach, Inspire, & Entertain. (It was cheaper than taking an Art History class.) Several authors contributed to it, & it features writings on "unexpected art forms", "profiles in art", "a picture's worth 200 words", "art around the world", & "art from the inside out". So far I have learned such tidbits as:
Tupilaks (day 7)
The Elephant Artists of Thailand (day 9)
That the paintings of Jan Vermeer "exemplify repoussir (French for "to push back"), a technique used to give the illusion of depth by situating large objects or figures in the foreground." Also, did you know there are only 36 surviving Vermeer paintings?
I hope to share more of my art knowledge with you throughout the year.
For more books like Sarah Thornton's, try a subject search under Art Criticism, Art -- Marketing, or Art -- Competitions in the library catalog. I would also like to recommend some of the movies that got me thinking about art: The Cats of Mirikitani; The Art of the Steal; Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child; L'heure d'été/Summer Hours; & Séraphine.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
~from the website
Science fiction & fantasy & comic fans, keep an eye out for this fun event next year! Events at this year's ACC, which took place January 15th & 16th, included: Star Wars Costuming and Armor Building with 501st Dewback Legion; Self Publishing 7000 BC and others; Mixed Martial Arts with Herb Dean and Michael Westbrook; & a film festival. Special guests included Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Peter Mayhew, & Lou Ferrigno.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
~from Worlds of Their Own: A Brief History of Misguided Ideas: Creationism, Flat-Earthism, Energy Scams, and the Velikovsky Affair by Robert Schadewald
"For one thing Velikfovskianism, and indeed, any exoheretical view that becomes prominent enough to force itself on science, acts to puncture scientific complacency-and that is good. An exoheresy may cause scientists to bestir themselves for the purpose of reexamining the bases of their beliefs, even if only to gather firm and logical reasons for the rejection of the exoheresy-and that is good too. An exoheresy may cause scientific activity which, in a serendipitous fashion, may uncover something worthwhile that has nothing to do with the exoheresy-and that is very good, if it happens."
Immanuel Velikovsky was a Russian-born American "futurist, prophet, mythologist, historian, scientific renegade." His most famous work is probably 1950's Worlds in Collision, which was criticized & controversial-& a New York Times bestseller. The book "proposes that many myths and traditions of ancient peoples and cultures are based on actual events: worldwide global catastrophes of a celestial origin, which had a profound effect on the lives, beliefs and writings of early mankind." Velikovsky's theory was that Venus was originally a comet made from a piece of Jupiter, & that, as a comet, it travelled the solar system, its gravitational field causing catastrophes on our planet along the way. The controversy surrounding his work and its reception is often referred to as "the Velikovsky affair". Carl Sagan was one of Velikovsky's most vocal critics.
Despite his detractors, Velikovsky's theories still have many followers & in fact his theories got a mention in the article "Quakes, Tectonic and Theoretical" in the New York Times on January 15th.
For more on Velikovsky:
Find Velikovsky's books in the catalog. Or in our Science in Context database with your valid library card!
Find Velikovsky in...The UnMuseum
...The Immanuel Velikovsky Archive
...The Immanuel Velikovsky Encyclopedia
Friday, January 21, 2011
— n, the collection and study of picture postcards
[C20: from Greek deltion, diminutive of deltos a writing tablet + -logy ]
Every day, I still visit my mailbox when I get home with a sense of hope-even though the bulk of my correspondence is online these days. There's such a thrill in receiving "snail mail", I always think. My father used to write me regularly, & still sends postcards when he travels. Postcards have always been my favorite mail-whenever someone leaves town, I'll be begging them to send me a postcard from wherever their journey takes them.
Since I love mail but rarely find anything in the mailbox but bills & ads, I have joined an online project called Postcrossing. The website explains: "The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive at least one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world." How does it work? After you sign up for your (free) account, it works like this:
1.Request an address and a Postcard ID
2.Mail the postcard to that address
3.Receive a postcard from another postcrosser!
4.Register the Postcard ID you have received
5.Go to number 1 to receive more postcards!
Postcrossing boasts 214,501 members in 205 countries; 766 postcards/hour; 6,154,685 postcards received; 207,549 postcards traveling; 33,699,683,074 km traveled! I have had a lot of fun with it over the last couple of years, sending postcards to the Netherlands, Taiwan, Brazil, & Iceland, & receiving cards from Japan, Iran, Thailand, Finland, & Estonia.
If, like me, you love postcards, consider checking out these offerings from the library catalog:
Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence written and illustrated by Nick Bantock
Frank Warren's Postsecret books (PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. See more on the website.)
Real Photo Postcards: Unbelievable Images from the Collection of Harvey Tulcenskyedited by Laetitia Wolff
Postcards from the Boys by Ringo Starr
Had a Good Time: Stories from American Postcards by Robert Olen Butler
Delivering Views: Distant Cultures in Early Postcards edited by Christraud M. Geary and Virginia-Lee Webb
A Postcard Memoir by Lawrence Sutin
Border Fury: A Picture Postcard Record of Mexico's Revolution and U.S. War Preparedness, 1910-1917 by Paul J. Vanderwood and Frank N. Samponaro
For children, try a subject search under "Postcards Juvenile".
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
o A Game of Thrones
o A Clash of Kings
o A Storm of Swords
o A Feast for Crows
o A Dance with Dragons (forthcoming)
o The Winds of Winter (forthcoming)
o A Dream of Spring (forthcoming)
For more titles by George R. R. Martin, pay your local library catalog a visit!
Looking to find out the latest news & award winners in science fiction? Check out SF Signal & Science Fiction Awards Watch.
Monday, January 17, 2011
As of January 14th, £750 has been raised! That’s 60% of what is needed to build a library in India.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
"That’s a lot of Newbery winners. Maybe too many? You can’t read all 90 books! But you do have 90 seconds to spare, right? So here’s our contest, open to anyone: make a video that compresses the story of a Newbery award-winning book into 90 seconds or less." ~from the blog
Also check for Newbery Awards in the library catalog.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I love to read books in a series, especially mysteries. I am a real stickler for reading them in chronological order, so Fictfact has been a really useful tool for me. Here's a sampling of the many series I'm wading through, as viewed on Fictfact:
Another good source for mysteries is the site Stop, You're Killing Me. This site has many great features, include links to lists of the latest mystery award winners & a great selection of indexes-location, job, historical, diversity, genre. I tend to like mysteries from the British Isles & Police Procedurals. One of my co-workers is a Cozy Mystery fan, with an emphasis on Food & Drink or Crafts & Needlework. What's your poison, so to speak?
If you are a mystery reader, three of the ABC Libraries' branches have book groups that focus on mysteries-Main has The Wide World of Mystery book group, Tony Hillerman has the Who Dunnit? Mystery Book Club & there's also the Mystery Book Group at Cherry Hills Library.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
"How to Lose Blog Traffic..." was addressed specifically to bloggers, but the other articles were geared towards writers seeking online publication in web-based magazines & literary journals. The 50 best online markets included: The Adirondack Review; Allegory; Word Riot; & Every Day Poetry. Best consumer magazine markets featured big named such as Slate & Salon.com. Tips for submitting to these markets were included in the article.
The "Online Critique Geek" article was interesting as it suggested virtual critique groups for aspiring writers. So you can connect with other writers from your computer now! The article recommends that newbies take an online workshop, followed by getting involved with an online writing community such as Absolute Write. Other communities such as Critique Circle feature critique forums for those "ready to start getting feedback".
In a nutshell, this is a useful feature for anybody writing on the web today. The Writer's Digest is currently available for perusal (& checkout of older issues) at the Cherry Hills, Juan Tabo, & Main Libraries.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
The new year has only just begun & they have already read 2 stories each! Lisa has read "Lull" by Kelly Link & "Levitation" by Cynthia Ozick; Mike has read "Death in the Desert" by James Agee & "The Great Wall of China" by Franz Kafka. We look forward to checking in with them all year to see what insights they've gleaned!
When you visit their blog, make sure you check out the hilarious "FAQ-esque Blatherings" section, which discusses the impetus for this project & reminds readers that it's nearly impossible to discuss a short story without divulging some plot spoilers.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The Charter for Compassion was "crafted in 2009 by prominent religious leaders of many faiths and the general public. [Armstrong] believes that all religions are saying the same things, albeit in different ways, and that we must restore compassion to the heart of our religious practices." [BookPage] You can read the charter here. 60,963 people have affirmed the charter so far; famous charter affirmers include author Isabel Allende.
Now Karen Armstrong has written a book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, which outlines a program to show us how to “dethrone ourselves from the centre of our worlds.” This book was reviewed in a BookPage article called "Books to Inspire Change"-read the rest of the reviews here. You can also watch an interesting Bill Moyers Journal featuring Karen Armstrong here. Or check out the video below of Armstrong making her TED Prize wish!
Monday, January 3, 2011
"Paris, The Luminous Years spotlights now-famous figures in the world’s first international avant-garde, tracing who came to Paris, when and why, whom they met, what they made there..." [from the PBS fact sheet]
We recommend you watch "The Luminous Years" before starting the challenge, but even if you don't (the New York Times was rather dismissive about it), you can still explore this fertile territory in your 2011 reading. Not only is it an important literary period (Hemingway, Joyce, Dos Passos-you've got practically the whole Lost Generation to choose from-& then also Anais Nin, Henry Miller, & Langston Hughes), but you might also read about composers (Aaron Copland to Les Six); dance (Ballets Russes to Isadora Duncan); artists including Picasso, Matisse, & Miró; architecture; movements such as Dada, Surrealism, Fauvism, & Cubism; café culture; Montparnasse or Montmartre; Left Bank women; famous expatriates such as Josephine Baker; & of course jazz.
We'll be trying to read Luminous Years books ourselves this year & blogging about our reading periodically. Feel free to leave Luminous Years related comments on these posts, or check out the Luminous Years section on our Book Banter (top right of the sidebar) to leave some posts of your own!
Guidelines for the challenge:
1) Read 6-12 books in 2011 that have some connection with Paris during the years 1905-1930
2) 3 books must be non-fiction (biographies, books about the period)
3) 3 books must be fiction, plays or poetry. These must be either: set during 1905-1930 in Paris; written during 1905-1930 in Paris; or written by authors who lived in Paris during those years.
4) If you read more than 6 books, you can choose to read fiction or non-fiction for the remainder of the challenge.
5) Anyone can participate in this challenge, but we'd love to know if you're doing it, so please leave a comment!
6) Challenge begins 1/1/11 & ends 12/31/11.
Books we may read:
Le Corbusier: A Life by Nicholas Fox Weber
Genêt: A Biography of Janet Flanner by Brenda Wineapple
Chagall: A Biography by Jackie Wullschlager
Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties by Noel Riley Fitch
Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light by Tyler Stovall
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet
Down & Out in Paris & London by George Orwell
Man Ray's Montparnasse by Herbert R. Lottman
Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story between the Great Wars by William A. Shack
Quartet by Jean Rhys
The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy
Nadja by Andre Breton
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Welcome to 2011! Here is or first reading challenge for library readers this year: read 11 books with an OCEAN theme in 2011. ("Ocean" here is defined broadly: it includes fiction or non-fiction, set on, near, in, or under the sea.) You may have already noticed the Oceans '11 icon on the sidebar (lower right). Click on the sailor to be directed to our page of suggested titles for the challenge! Booklists include:
- Ocean Classics
- Maritime Adventure (thrillers)
- Old Salts (biographies)
- War on the Waves (naval history)
- Brigands and Booty (pirate yarns)
- Flotsam & Jetsam (mystery & misc.)
We'll be trying to read 11 ocean books ourselves this year & blogging about our reading periodically. Feel free to leave Oceans '11 related comments on these posts, or check out the Oceans '11 section on our Book Banter (top right of the sidebar) to leave some posts of your own!
If you're interested in taking part in our Oceans '11 Reading Challenge, please let us know by leaving us a comment on this post! If you know the 11 titles you'll be reading (or some of them),let us know what you've chosen. Feel free to suggest titles to add to the above lists.